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  • Hi all-

    I have set up templates in Microsoft Word 2003/4 (PC/Mac) for our company. I work on a Mac but use a PC to test these, as well. I used artwork in the header/footer and linked text boxes with styles for text elements (title, sub-title etc). Our office of 508 Compliancy cannot get these files to export to PDF properly, when opening them in Word 2010, to be read by a screen reader. Our company is transitioning to Word 2010 and nothing works when the the files are opened and exported as PDF from 2010 but when opened as 2003 and exported things are better. In 2003 the alt text on the background image shows up and the read order is nearly perfect. Again, everything is wrong in 2010 and the artwork doesn't even show. Are there best practices when setting up a file like this so that the elements for 508 work properly? Any suggestions for resources?

    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:37 PM