Creating a VoiceOver-friendly interactive text file or word document

App Development
Hello All, I'm trying to do something that I'm not sure is possible, and through googling, I couldn't find an answer to this, so I thought I'd see if any of you might know a solution. I have a fairly large Microsoft Word Document. It has various sections or "headings", and subheadings underneath those. for example: Main Heading: Dining: Subheadings: restaurants Snack Locations Coffee etc. If I were to mark this document with heading levels (heading level 1, 2, etc.) and I use the roader in VoiceOver to navigate through the headings, I still have to go through every heading, regardless of it's level, to get to what I want. So essentially, I want either 1 of 2 things: 1. An app that I could create (or something similar to that) where all of the main categories or headings could be displayed, and double tapping on an item in this main list would bring up it's sub-items, with a back button to return to the main list. Preferrably, more then one sublist could be created. or 2. somehow accomplish the same task above within a text file (the notes app, an e-mail, etc.) by telling voiceover what heading level I wanted to look through, and then going to that heading's sub level. I know nothing about coding, and I hope this all makes sense in some way. If anyone is unclear about what I'm saying or what I'm trying to do, please let me know. :) Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks so much, Rocco



Submitted by Rocco on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I have not tried using Pages to accomplish this. How would using pages assist in this?

Submitted by Tree on Thursday, February 13, 2014

I probably don't understand what your trying to do, I for one didn't even know you could navigate a word doc by headings. Any way I don't guess just doing what you do in Safari works does it? hitting the number 1 to go by headings on level one and two to go by headings on level two. Once again I'm probably just showing my ignorance..

Submitted by Mr Spinneberg on Monday, February 29, 2016


If you have a WORD document already employed with headings, just save the document as a Web Page. Go to File > Save As > and choose the file type to be "Web Page .htm"

This will allow VoiceOver to read the document with Heading levels. Your new saved .htm document will not be editable and will have an associated attributes folder. The folder can be deleted if there are no images in the file. The .htm file is all you need, it will open in Safari or your browser of choice. Once opened, try navigating by headings.

Matt Spinneberg