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Treat cross-references in Word as links. #6102

Qchristensen opened this issue Jun 22, 2016 · 2 comments

Treat cross-references in Word as links. #6102

Qchristensen opened this issue Jun 22, 2016 · 2 comments


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@Qchristensen Qchristensen commented Jun 22, 2016

Word can have cross-references - links to other parts of a document (headings, list items, bookmarks, footnotes, etc). In Word 2016 you create these by pressing alt+s then r then f which opens a dialog box you can setup the exact link from.

The result is a field, code something like:

{ REF _Ref454364297 \h }

which also creates that _Ref454.... bookmark in the appropriate place (a heading in this example)

As this is really a "link", it would be good if NVDA Browse mode could recognise it as a link for navigating.

Note that part of this (and perhaps partly why it isn't already) is that there is currently no keystroke to activate the link - sighted users can hold control and click on the field - as with other links - however enter does not work in this case, it actually doesn't do anything at all and there is currently no other keystroke to activate it.

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@jcsteh jcsteh commented Jun 22, 2016

@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto added the p2 label Jul 5, 2016
@feerrenrut feerrenrut self-assigned this Jul 26, 2016
feerrenrut added a commit that referenced this issue Aug 10, 2016
Issue #6102
Merge branch 'i6102-MSWordCrossRefLinks' into next
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@feerrenrut feerrenrut commented Aug 10, 2016

@Qchristensen A fix for this is now incubated. When you get a chance could you please test out cross references and hyperlinks on your versions of word (2007 / 2016)?

Next build:,595afe6e/artifacts

@nvaccessAuto nvaccessAuto added this to the 2016.4 milestone Aug 31, 2016
feerrenrut added a commit that referenced this issue Aug 31, 2016
Cross Reference fields in Microsoft Word are now treated like hyperlinks. They are reported as links, and can be activated. (#6102)
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