Accessibility limitations in Microsoft Office Project 2007

Microsoft Office Project 2007 supports accessibility with the exceptions noted in this article.

Issue Exceptions
Keyboard accessibility

The core functionality in Office Project 2007 is keyboard accessible. Keyboard access to other functions is provided with the following exceptions:

  • Text in the Task Notes, Resource Notes, and Assignment Notes dialog boxes cannot be richly formatted (such as bolded or italicized) without using a mouse.
  • Some dialog boxes in Office Project 2007 have grids with long lists of items. To scroll to an item within the grid, use the DOWN ARROW and UP ARROW keys, or use the PAGE DOWN and PAGE UP keys.
  • Office Project 2007 provides task panes for creating a new project, getting started, finding Help content, and searching. You cannot set focus on these task panes by using keyboard shortcuts. To set focus on the task pane, press CTRL+TAB to cycle through the visible toolbars until the toolbar for the task pane is selected.
  • Grouped tasks in the Network Diagram view can be collapsed using the keyboard, but collapsed groups can only be expanded using the mouse.
  • In the Project Guide, not all date pickers are accessible by using the keyboard. If a date-picker is unavailable by using the keyboard, simply type the date in the box.
High contrast and display attributes

Office Project 2007 supports the accessibility settings of the host operating system with exceptions.

Certain areas of the product do not display as well as they should in High Contrast mode, including the following:

  • In the Calendar view, numbers for the dates on the calendar blend with the background when using High Contrast mode.
  • When change highlighting is turned on, High Contrast mode significantly lowers the visibility of the text in highlighted cells.
  • The rich text formatting buttons in the Task Notes, Resource Notes, and Assignment Notes dialog boxes do not display well in High Contrast mode.
  • Indicator icons do not display well in High Contrast mode. To access the information conveyed by the indicators, navigate to the dialog box or view where the data is captured.
  • Graphs that display resource availability and allocation are not legible in High Contrast mode. To get this information, use the tables in the Resource Usage view.
  • A Project Guide wizard that helps you change project and resource calendars is not legible in High Contrast mode. To address this, use the Change Working Time dialog box to change calendars.
  • A Project Guide wizard that helps you print reports is not legible in High Contrast mode. To address this, use the Page Setup, Print Preview, and Print options on the File menu to configure printing options and to print.
  • User interface elements do not display correctly when the Accessibility Wizard is run in Windows XP. To address this, turn on High Contrast mode in the control panel (Accessibility Options or Ease of Use Center).

In some dialog boxes in Office Project 2007, text is cut off if you are using a very large font size.

Focus in the interface

Office Project 2007 provides a well-defined on-screen indication of the current focus that moves among interactive interface elements as the input focus changes, with the following exceptions:

  • Menu items do not display well using Microsoft Magnifier. For example, when using Microsoft Magnifier, text in the Edit menu is overlapped, making it difficult to read.
  • In the Security dialog box (on the Tools menu, under Macro), the system caret does not move as the focus is changed using keyboard navigation.
  • In the Options dialog box (Tools menu), using the TAB key to navigate to certain buttons changes the focus to the entire dialog box.
  • In the Resource Substitution Wizard, selecting certain items causes focus to change automatically to another control in the dialog box.
  • In the Project Guide, using the TAB key to navigate to certain links removes the focus from the entire Project window. To get focus back to Project, press ALT+TAB to cycle through the open programs until Project is selected.
Exposure of information

Office Project 2007 uses Microsoft Active Accessibility (MSAA) to expose information, with the following exceptions:

  • The following dialog boxes do not expose information according to MSAA guidelines: Change Working Time, Reports, COM Add-Ins, Rearrange Commands, Insert Hyperlink, Customize Forms, Service Options.
  • Some controls in the Progress Lines dialog box do not expose their names using the MSAA Name property.
  • Component Object Model (COM) add-ins do not expose information according to MSAA guidelines.
  • The status bar, displayed at the bottom of the Project window, does not expose information according to MSAA guidelines.
  • In the Page Setup dialog box, when switching tabs, the child objects do not get exposed correctly using the MSAA object hierarchy. However, screen readers can use alternate methods to get to these objects.
  • The tabs on the Options dialog box do not have their names correctly exposed using the MSAA Name property. All of the tabs appear to be named "Options."
  • MSAA is not supported in graphical views, such as the chart portion of the Gantt Chart view. However, all of the information in the graphical views is also available in a table format (such as the left side of Gantt Chart view), which does support MSAA.
  • The MSAA method for selection (accSelect) does not work in combo boxes. Also, combo boxes expose the wrong value for the MSAA Role property.
  • When the Project Guide is displayed, the MSAA object hierarchy is not available to drill down from the main Project window into individual dialog boxes or cells. However, screen readers can use alternate methods to get to these objects.
  • The view bar does not expose its name correctly using the MSAA Name property.
  • Parts of the spell checker do not expose information according to MSAA guidelines.
  • Items are not verbalized in list boxes containing check boxes to the left of each list item.
Animation Office Project 2007 uses animation when you have the animated Office Assistant turned on. Animation can be turned off at your discretion, and all information is equally available in a non-animated mode.
Frame titling When the Project Guide is displayed, the Office Project 2007 application window uses two frames, displayed within a hosted Web Browser Control inside the Office Project 2007 application window. These frames are not titled.

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Applies to:
Project 2007