Microsoft KB Archive/169975
Article ID: 169975
Article Last Modified on 7/18/2007
- Microsoft Office 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition
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Accessibility aids may not work with the programs listed at the beginning of this article. The "More Information" section of this article contains information about specific accessibility aids and how to obtain updated versions of these programs.
Accessibility aids are used by some people with disabilities. They include the following types of programs:
- Screen readers for people who are severely visually impaired or blind
- Screen magnifiers for people with low vision
- On-screen keyboards and speech-recognition (dictation) software for people with limited dexterity
- Keyboard enhancement utilities for people who have difficulty with standard keyboard behavior
The programs included with Microsoft Office 97 include a new system of menus and toolbars, collectively known as command bars. Because command bars are provided by each program rather than by the operating system, earlier versions of accessibility aids may not work with these new command bars. However, command bars implement a new form of accessibility called Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA). MSAA greatly enhances the accessibility of command bars when used with accessibility aids that support MSAA.
THIRD-PARTY PROGRAMS THAT DO NOT WORK WITH OFFICE 97
The following sections contain information about specific accessibility aids for which Microsoft has been able to obtain information. Please note that this list is not comprehensive; information about other accessibility aids will be added as it becomes available.
JAWS for Windows 95, Version 2.0, by Henter-Joyce, Inc.
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) for Windows, version 2.0, does not work correctly with any of the programs included in Microsoft Office 97.
JAWS for Windows version 3.0 does work properly with Microsoft Office 97. For more information, contact Henter-Joyce, Inc., technical support.
SLIMWARE Window Bridge by Syntha-voice Computers, Inc.
Window Bridge for Windows 95 supports MSAA, so it should work correctly with all of the programs included in Microsoft Office 97. If you are using an earlier version of Window Bridge, you must upgrade to the version for Microsoft Windows 95.
Window-Eyes by GW Micro, Inc.
Window-Eyes for Windows 95 supports MSAA, so it should work correctly with all of the programs included in Microsoft Office 97. If you are using an earlier version of Window-Eyes, you must upgrade to the version for Windows 95.
DragonDictate by Dragon Systems
DragonDictate version 2.5x works in a limited capacity with the programs included in Microsoft Office 97. You can use it to dictate and correct text, but it does not work correctly for other tasks.
DragonDictate version 3.0 includes support for Microsoft Office 97.
More Information About Accessibility Aids
For more information about accessibility aids that are designed for use with Microsoft products, visit the Microsoft Accessibility and Disabilities Web page at the following address:
A catalog of accessibility products is available at the following address:
The third-party contact information included in this article is provided to help you find the technical support you need. This contact information is subject to change without notice. Microsoft in no way guarantees the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
The third-party products discussed here are manufactured by vendors independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding these products' performance or reliability.
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