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Re: Lack of AT implementors participation (was Comments on IRC log)

From: T.V Raman <raman@google.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 15:58:30 -0700
Message-ID: <18095.48790.863726.450089@retriever.corp.google.com>
To: rob@robburns.com
Cc: raman@google.com, public-html@w3.org

The HTML support becomes much more important in UAs like Firefox
3 that are beginning to lean far more heavily on the DOM --
rather than having screenreaders scrape an off-screen-model by
watching  render calls.

Robert Burns writes:
 > On Jul 31, 2007, at 5:40 PM, T.V Raman wrote:
 > > In its early days I used to actively hunt down and  flame people
 > > who dared call Emacspeak a screenreader:-) I dont do that as
 > > actively any more, but Emacspeak still remains a  talking
 > > application, not a screenreader.
 > Well lucky for me you've tired of chasing down such blasphemers  :-).  
 > I did list Emacspeak under both screen reader and aural browser to  
 > recognize both roles it plays (more so than any other screen reader).
 > > But you raise an important point with respect to the state of
 > > screenreaders and HTML/CSS -- as you point out, their focus has
 > > been traditionally  in some ways less than, and in others more
 > > than "Web pages" -- they look at the screen, not at content.
 > Yes, I think that's an important point that needs stressing. Often  
 > times people point to a screen readers lack of support for HTML and  
 > CSS facilities as evidence that "even the screen readers" don't want  
 > those features. However, it's really a matter of them having a  
 > different focus than a talking application or aural browser. Their  
 > focus may be changing slowly, but they still don't seem to be  
 > focussed on necessarily consuming HTML or CSS specific features.
 > Take care,
 > Rob

Best Regards,

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