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[Bug 13103] Visual formatting of content inside the pre element isn't available to assistive technologies

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Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 16:58:11 +0000
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Message-ID: <bug-13103-3290-9cYnsIRyrM@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13103

Léonie Watson <tink@tink.co.uk> changed:

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          Component|website for HTML WG         |HTML5 spec

--- Comment #6 from Léonie Watson <tink@tink.co.uk> ---
With apologies. This bug was filed against the wrong component. Now filed
against the HTML5 spec, specifically section 4.5.3 the pre element:
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/grouping-content.html#the-pre-element

The section acknowledges the potential inaccessibility of pre-formatted content
for certain users:

"Note: Authors are encouraged to consider how preformatted text will be
experienced when the formatting is lost, as will be the case for users of
speech synthesizers, braille displays, and the like. For cases like ASCII art,
it is likely that an alternative presentation, such as a textual description,
would be more universally accessible to the readers of the document."

The suggestion to include an alternative presentation is helpful, but could be
made more so by extending it to include an additional commonplace use of the
pre element:

"Note: Authors are encouraged to consider how preformatted text will be
experienced when the formatting is lost, as will be the case for users of
speech synthesizers, braille displays, and the like. An alternative
presentation would be more universally accessible to readers of the document.
For example a textual description of ASCII art, or a downloadable text file
containing code examples."

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