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Small Changes Workshop: MS Word and accessibility (Facilitator: Trevor Boland AHEAD) - Shared screen with speaker view
Fiona O'Riordan
27:08
Hello everyone, looking forward to this session. Thanks Trevor and Suzanne for organising and hosting this.
Suzanne Stone
29:36
Hi everyone, very remiss of me but welcome to Elena who is our ISL translator this morning. You can view Elena’s translation if you switch to gallery view and you can also pin Elena’s video screen from the top of Elena’s video screen
Fiona O'Riordan
30:28
Hello Elena.
Karen Buckley
30:37
Welcome Elena! Great to have you here!
Mark Glynn
34:30
We will have that convertor tool built into Loop for next year
Lorraine Harbison
36:16
We can have the same problem with maths, in particular as children get older. It is not seen as accessible to all learners.
Mark Glynn
40:33
Created by Karen and Suzanne both of which on the call
Suzanne Stone
41:26
UDL toolkit checklist available @ https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DzsmDWUkUFvEflocpts_LAgJbPpjbn6hJsV_9eK0Erw/edit#slide=id.g3407a33ede_0_11
Gerard McFall
43:08
Thanks for the link Suzanne. Looks very useful.
Fiona Earley
44:08
Thank you for sharing suzanne
Suzanne Stone
44:39
Dictation tools great to simply give yourself a break from typing
Clare Gormley
46:12
Agree, Suzanne, it can make a pleasant change from typing. And they have really come on in terms of accuracy, I think. I tried the Google Doc one last week and was quite surprised.
Fiona Earley
48:14
What description works better than "click here" for link?
Suzanne Stone
50:05
Fiona the best practice is to use the title of the link and then anchor the url to that text eg. Ahead website and create link from that piece of text
Rob Lowney
52:45
In a former life I underwent training in using Word and Adobe Acrobat to ensure documents are accessible. Learned all about headings and styles, etc., which have stayed with me ever since. A well-structured document is good for everyone, not just those with accessibility needs!
Mark Glynn
52:47
Headings are great for navigation even if you don’t read screenreaders
Mark Glynn
53:22
They are really good when it comings to writing papers, and journal articles too
Anne O'Connor
53:29
headings are great for automatically creating your document index
Fiona O'Riordan
53:34
Agree re headings in structure, and like the way you can hyperlink headings within the document
Mark Glynn
54:54
How do you get over the fact that a picture tells 1000 words, so how to write ALT text that is descriptive enough without the need for writing an essay
Rob Lowney
55:39
I always struggle with writing good alt text so this example is great Trevor
Suzanne Stone
59:36
Yes alt text is tricky and I’ve definitely made mistakes with ALT text but will take these tips on board.
Mark Glynn
01:01:01
https://contrastchecker.com/ is a good site to use to check colour contrast
Rob Lowney
01:01:09
Used it once or twice
Mary McGovern
01:01:11
Yes, Trevor
Fiona O'Riordan
01:01:17
Heard about it but never used it Trevor
Mary McGovern
01:01:17
Very useful
Mark Glynn
01:01:30
Webaim is another good contrast checker tool https://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/
Fiona O'Riordan
01:02:54
This is brilliant, thanks Trevor.
Suzanne Stone
01:03:09
apple products also have accessibility tools built in such as text to speech which is very handy for Mac users
Suzanne Stone
01:03:17
https://support.apple.com/en-ie/guide/mac-help/mh35884/mac
Fiona Earley
01:05:38
If you receive Adobe doc, I assume there is no option to convert to word (unless upgraded version) ?
Fiona O'Riordan
01:06:59
Where did Trevor go again for that assistive technology
Karen Buckley
01:07:29
Immersive Reader function on MS WOrd Online @Fiona
Fiona O'Riordan
01:08:06
Thanks Suzanne and Trevor
Mark Glynn
01:12:00
How is it with accents?
Mark Glynn
01:12:26
In particular my Northsider Dublin :)
Mary McGovern
01:12:55
Mark if it can understand my Cavan accent you should be fine
Anne O'Connor
01:13:12
Not sure about word but Dragon Loves northside accents, it even prefers us....
Mark Glynn
01:13:29
:)
Fiona Earley
01:13:39
:)
Mark Glynn
01:16:55
I really wanted to know who was on her hitlist
Fiona O'Riordan
01:17:00
:-)
Rob Lowney
01:17:06
Have to depart now guys but thanks so much, this has been a really good session. Thank you for your insights Trevor and thanks Suzanne or organising!
Anne O'Connor
01:18:44
Google docs also have this feature, but I don't find it very accurate
Suzanne Stone
01:19:00
Yes agree Anne, MS Word more accurate for sure
Fiona Earley
01:20:27
That is brilliant...
Conor Sullivan
01:20:28
If you found that Word recognised your voice better but wanted to use Google Docs, just use Word as your dictation tool and paste into Docs.
Fiona O'Riordan
01:20:31
context is 'king' which is why you got a castle :-)
Suzanne Stone
01:20:45
good plan Conor
Trevor Boland
01:22:30
https://ally.ac/covid19/
Noel Prior
01:22:51
Thanks to the TEU team for organising this. I have to leave now as I have to login to another Zoom meeting now. Noel
Suzanne Stone
01:23:13
Thanks Noel for coming along.
Laura Gormley
01:24:21
Thank you. This talk was so informative and so useful.
Clare Gormley
01:24:30
Thanks very much Trevor for a great session - and thanks to Suzanne for organising it. Learned a lot!
Evelyn Kelleher
01:24:34
Thank you
Fiona O'Riordan
01:26:07
Super guys, thank you so much.
Anne O'Connor
01:26:17
Thanks Trevor
Fiona Earley
01:26:43
Thanks so much..
Sarah Smyth
01:26:46
Thank you Suzanne and Trevor - very inforative
Sarah Smyth
01:26:54
*informative
Karen Buckley
01:27:16
Thank you Trevor and Suzanne - this was a great session, I leave with lots of tips!
Mark Likeman
01:27:18
Thank you so much. Fantastic and very informative.