beta version of Word template to label CDs with Avery 5692 or 8692 labels

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jawslite@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 15:16:57 -0400

Hi all,
I now have available a beta version of a Word template to allow blind
users to make use of the Avery 5692 (laser) or 8692 (inkjet) label sets
for CDs.  These have 2 complete label sets on a sheet; each set has a
main cover label and a front spine and a side spine label.
The template gives you a data entry screen for all of these fields, and
then copies your data into a new document, placing it into the
appropriate Word text boxes.  If you save the document, when you reopen
it the template will load the data entry screen with values from the
document, and allow you to edit them.
This template is based on one published by Avery.  My wife, who is
sighted, says that this version of the CD template is particularly
attractive, with lots of colored shading effects.  Avery also has a
different version of this label, which is very plain; it only prints the
text that you enter, and I chose not to work with it.  Unfortunately,
it's the fanciness which required the use of textboxes, which made it
completely inaccessible, as Word textboxes aren't accessible.
Anyone with Word (I think any version) who would like to test this out
can email me for a copy.  It was created with Word 2003.  If you don't
know Word that should not be a problem; you just fill-in the data, click
ok, and you're in Word, where you can choose File | Print, just like any
other standard application.  If you have sighted assistance who knows
Word however, you are given the opportunity to edit the document you've
created before printing, and to save it afterward.  
I'd be interested in feedback to make it more accessible or useful;
although I don't guarantee I have a lot of time to add a lot of extra
features.  In particular, I did remove the textbox from the template
that allowed for a placement of a graphic logo.  It simply turned out to
be very hard to position and scale the graphic, even for a sighted user
who has a *lot* of Word experience, so I gave it up as not worth the
All the source code is included in the template, and I'd be glad to
answer questions if someone wants to do more with it; it's open source.


Chip Orange
Database Administrator
Florida Public Service Commission

(850) 413-6314

 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)


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