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Hi :)
Sounds like using .doc is the best answer after all.  The Pdf route is
intriguing.  I think Virgil probably knows whether any of his students have
relevant accessibility issues.

Part of the reason for ODF is to have a format that can avoid all these
pitfalls.  When ODF is more commonly used this whole confusing situation
should be in the past.  Some people even think it's the format that could
drive wider-spread wholesale migration to LibreOffice, OpenOffice, KOffice,
Gnome Office and all the rest.

At the moment we are still stuck with a lot of places having to offer at
least 2 formats;  Pdf and the older MS one.

Regards from
a Tom :)

On 1 May 2018 at 19:19, Dave Howorth <> wrote:

On Tue, 1 May 2018 18:03:42 +0000
toki <> wrote:

On 04/30/2018 07:39 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:

The easiest - and safst - approach would be to use Libreoffice to
create the form, save it as a fillable PDF form, then send that to
your students.\

Government agencies make great targets for ADA &Section 508 lawsuits,
because they have deep pockets. Since PDF is not an accessible file
format, that fill-able PDF form means that a student with an a11y can,
and since they are probably broke, will sue the college for Section
508/ADA violations. (For individuals with a11y issues, filing ADA
lawsuits is a great source of income. One lawsuit a month. One
settlement per month, US$5,000 per month, tax free.  Great way to
supplement one's disability check.)

IOW, fill-able PDF is an extremely bad idea.

What's the 'approved' solution?


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