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In Word 2016, add a way of reading table alt text (title and description) #5943
In the "Table Properties" dialog (have the focus in a table, press applications key then choose "Table properties") is a new pane in Word 2016 called "Alt text" which has room to include a "title" (single line edit) and "description" (multi line edit). THe page includes the instruction:
A title can be read to a person with a disability and is used to determine whether they wish to hear the description of the content."
On the Office support page where I found this question: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/01fa2856-2ee4-4047-840b-5e47011f0431/how-to-get-alt-text-of-a-table-in-word-document?forum=vsto
which links to title text: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.office.interop.word.table.title(v=office.15).aspx
Title would be safe enough to implement so that it was announced when entering the table. As for description though: Probably make it available via long description in browse mode, so that it is available on demand, as it may be too long to have read automatically.