Word 2010 lets you add Alt Text or a “table description” to tables in Word. If you’ve looked at the “What’s New” document for Office 2010 this has been referred to as table descriptions. However you won’t find that term in any of the Office Help documentation. In the Help documentation it is called adding Alt text to tables.
In Word 2010 place the cursor in a table cell and select the table by pressing Alt + J, L, K, T for the Table Tools, Layout Sub-Ribbon, Select, Table.
Once the Table is selected you can press the AppKey or Right mouse click on the table and choose Table Properties. Table Properties is the last item in the context menu which means you can press the Up arrow once to get to it.
Press Enter to open the Table Properties dialog. The last tab is called Alt text. You can get to it by pressing Ctrl + Tab to move forward through the Table Properties tabs or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Tab to move backward through the Table properties tabs.
A new feature of Office 2010 is that when Office documents are sent through e-mail and saved, they open in “Protect” mode. This means that they can be read but not edited. It is designed as a protection for the end-user. JAWS 11 will announce that you are in Protect mode. This is not the same as having a protected document which cannot currently be read by adaptive technology. This is more like a preview mode that will let you read the document without exposing your computer to any on-board macros.
Press Alt + F, letter I, E to turn off Protect mode and turn on the ability to edit the document. This opens the Backstage area, chooses the Info item and activates the Protect button. The only option while a document is in Protect mode is to turn off Protect mode. Once you do this you will have access to other Backstage tools under the Info category.
The document will also be in Protect mode if you open it directly from Outlook.