moderated Re: Question about OneNote 2016 on the job as areasonableaccommodation

David Griffith



But this is Microsoft Office we are talking about!  An Office product which is widely used across employment. How much more core could this be?


David Griffith


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From: Van Lant, Robin via Groups.Io
Sent: 14 November 2019 16:18
Subject: Re: Question about OneNote 2016 on the job as areasonableaccommodation



I get your frustration, but I also think JAWS developers need to focus on the core products used by a majority of users. I could argue that Microsoft Project and Visio are mainline products that JAWS should support, but I also understand that it would take a lot of development hours to serve a small group of potential users of such visually based software. Far better that JAWS development focus on stability and features of mainline software.   Let those who have the know how and time develop scripts for less commonly used software.  You can’t get everything for free and companies have to choses were to spend development hours to meet the most needs.  Now, maybe Microsoft Narrator development will serve One Note. 







From: <> On Behalf Of David Griffith
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 10:37 PM
Subject: Re: Question about OneNote 2016 on the job as a reasonableaccommodation



As I understand it Jaws “out of the box” has never been able to work properly with One Note. For this reason someone in employment needs to buy 3rd party scripts to make them productive with One Note. This is especially the case  if they are using Jaws without sight.

I agree that it is not defensible for VFO to require their Users to purchase third  party scripts to make such a main stream Microsoft product work effectively for employees. It is a bit like requiring people by scripts to enable access to other parts of the same Office suite like  Word Excel or PowerPoint.

Scripts are a powerful extender to access with Jaws but should not be required for widely used mainstream employment products like Microsoft Office and the increasing used One Note. They should  come with Jaws. Scripts should be reserved / needed for vertical specialist employment software.

Having said that if you are employment now then I think you probably have little choice but to purchase scripts and the associated training to boost your productivity and protect yourself.

One example of the scripts at least are on.

David griffithSent from Mail for Windows 10


From: Jessica D
Sent: 14 November 2019 04:27
Subject: Re: Question about OneNote 2016 on the job as a reasonableaccommodation



When using onenote, jaws won't read the sidebar. 

I'm not even sure how to get to the sidebar. 


Has Freedom scientific given a training on this topic? 

If not, they definately should. 






On Nov 13, 2019, at 11:24 PM, Sieghard Weitzel <sieghard@...> wrote:

I think you would need to be a bit more specific. What exactly does not work with your Office 365 installation?



From: <> On Behalf Of Jessica D
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: Question about OneNote 2016 on the job as a reasonable accommodation



No, I think its onenote in general. 

Can anyone tell me how to get the office 365 version to work properly with jaws 2020? 





On Nov 13, 2019, at 7:46 PM, Michael Walker <michael.walker199014@...> wrote:

What note taking alternatives would you use?


On Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 5:07 PM Rod <rodalcidonis@...> wrote:

        Onenote does not work reliably with JAWS – I reported this to the accessibility desk a while ago. It is very sluggish and from my point of view unusable.




Rod Alcidonis, Esq.


From: Walker, Michael E. (UMSL-Student)

Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6:13 AM

Subject: Question about OneNote 2016 on the job as a reasonable accommodation


Hi, I am struggling to find reputable information that suggests using OneNote 2016 effectively on the job with jaws. What would you recommend? The Microsoft Disability answer desk is telling me to use one note for windows 10. However, there are security challenges in my company, because of how cloud centric that is. The only alternative I have found is to export OneNote 2016 notebooks to word or PDF. What are your thoughts? I am trying to work with my reasonable accommodation focal. Thank you.


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