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In Word 2016, add a way of reading table alt text (title and description) #5943

Qchristensen opened this issue May 12, 2016 · 2 comments


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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:

"Alternative Text
Titles and descriptions provide alternative, text-based representations of the information contained in tables, diagrams, images, and other objects. This information is useful for people with vision or cognitive impairments who may not be able to see or understand the object.

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:

And this reference:

which links to title text:

and descr:

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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.

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Incubated in 5adae41.

@jcsteh jcsteh added this to the 2016.3 milestone Jun 27, 2016
@jcsteh jcsteh closed this as completed in f5dbe72 Jun 27, 2016
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