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JAWS, alt, and title (was Re: alt title and links)

From: Jo Miller <jo@bendingline.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2001 12:33:42 -0400
Message-Id: <p0510031ab7a590230b19@[]>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Al is correct; when JAWS encounters an image that is a link, it will 
read link TITLE and ignore the image's ALT-text if both are provided. 
If you are running JAWS, you can verify this behavior on a short test 
page. [1]

I wasn't aware of this JAWS peculiarity until Al pointed it out. I'm 
curious to know whether anyone is formally keeping track 
screen-reader issues like this one. I asked Ian about this recently, 
and he passed the question on to the UA group but got only one 
response, I believe. [2]


[1] http://jomiller.com/jawstest/title.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ua/2001JulSep/0000.html

At 11:50 -0400 8/19/01, Al Gilman wrote:
>  >On Fri, 17 Aug 2001, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
>  >
>  >> This does not mention links.
>>>  If it is the case that alt should describe the image and title the link, do
>>>  we need to state this?
>For your site, Jonathan, you should do as Matt said especially because If I
>Recall Correctly there is a bug in Jaws that will hide the link content if you
>set a TITLE on it.  So for the moment, _don't_ populate TITLE in A especially
>on text links if you care about the Jaws users in your audience.

Jo Miller
Received on Sunday, 19 August 2001 12:34:03 UTC

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