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Re: New internal draft of HTML techniques

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 22:37:39 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0407272231560.11287@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> Is it "allowable" to create a form label using an image?

Per the HTML spec, yes, which merely requires inline elements other than 

    Labels may be rendered by user agents in a number of ways (e.g.,
    visually, read by speech synthesizers, etc.)

Speech synthesizers can read alt texts. So I don't see a problem. Let's
not discourage accessible use of images.

> From a user agent implementation perspective, optgroup is unfriendly
> for keyboard users and screen reader users, because most user agents
> skip over the optgroup labels when you use the keyboard. I realize that
> it isn't the content author's fault, but the technique, at least right
> now, is largely inaccessible to keyboard users and screen reader users
> because of faulty implementation in browsers.

A "keyboard user" might be sighted and can simply read the text.

I would like to see results from actual testing proving that current 
screen readers do not enunciate <optgroup> text. Absent that, it's a 
vapourware objection.


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