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Jonathan, you raise a valid concern regarding using color coding
to convey status. This not only presents challenges to screen
reader users but it's totally unhelpful for someone who may not
require a screen reader or enlarger but who may be color-blind. In
this case, placing text in a certain color to convey status is
useless and should be avoided.
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 2/14/2020 12:54 PM, Cohn, Jonathan
Since colors are being based on status, I think it would be a good
idea to add a column for this status and then have an excel color
filter that adjusts the color based on this field. This could make
it easier for you to filter, and also provides support for color
blind individuals. The column could be hidden by default if it
bothers the aesthetics of the owner.
I was also wondering if the JAWS skim reading utility works within
Excel, while it is generally used to search for paragraphs with a
specific word and then read the beginning of the paragraph or
similar type functions, I am fairly confident it has a way to
detect colors also. I have only tried using it on web sites and
word processing documents.