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4th European eAccessibility Forum

eAccessibility of Public Services in Europe

12/04/2010, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Paris, France

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Producing accessible documents with Microsoft Office 2010 Web Applications, a Web2.0 accessible application

Philippe Beraud (Paris)
Microsoft France

Speaker's information

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Philippe Beraud is architectural consultant within the CTO cabinet of Microsoft France where it focuses its activity in favor of a technology for all.

In this role, he is the author of a number of white papers relating to accessibility and Microsoft technologies for the design of websites, applications or documents, and contributes to the definition of the resources made available online on the Microsoft France Accessibility Web site and the MSDN Developer Center on Accessibility. He also develops and animates seminars on these subjects. The evolution of technologies produces very quickly to new usages; accessibility aims at offering the benefits of these technologies to the greatest number of people and at reducing as much as possible obstacles and gaps in the various resulting user experiences.

Furthermore, he participated in the W3C/WAI WCAG 2.0 French Translation Committee, who has recently published the first authorized translation of the WCAG 2.0. As an AccessiWeb 2.0 referent expert, it also contributed to the development of the list of criteria "Office documents for download". Finally, Philippe Beraud is member of the AFNOR Accessibility Forum, the AFNOR/CGTI General Commission for the Information Technologies, the AFNOR Commission "Revisable Document Formats" and the AFNOR Commission "Accessibility and Communication and Information Technologies".



Notice : The short papers of this conference have been prepared by BrailleNet who accept any responsibility for them. But presentation materials provided for download (full-papers or slides) have been provided by the authors themselves.

Upon starting our research for the Office 2010 release, we knew it was important to continue our accessibility focus (see Microsoft Accessibility for more info) and ensure that Office 2010 is the most accessible version of Office ever. Accessibility aims at offering the benefits of the technology to the greatest number of people and at reducing as much as possible obstacles and gaps in the various resulting user experiences. As such, accessibility improvements provide broad usability improvements and as such are becoming a key area of focus for the software industry in general.

With that in mind, we planned Office 2010 with two key accessibility pillars:

  1. Improve Office’s interoperability platform to make it easier for assistive technologies (like screen readers for example) to build features for their users. This includes our forthcoming Web versions;
  2. Provide several easy-to-use, powerful features built directly into the product that ensure users around the world are able to reach their full potential.

In order to illustrate some of the Office 2010’s accessibility improvements, this presentation focuses on producing accessible documents with Word 2010, demonstrates in this context the new document Accessibility Checker feature as well as some accessibility features of the Office Web Apps that are the Web versions of the productivity Office 2010 tools, and more specifically the Word Web App.


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