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RE: Seeking guidance...

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 17:51:56 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@acm.org>
cc: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, jpledger@mindspring.com, Marjolein Katsma <access@javawoman.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0004071739300.10134-100000@tux.w3.org>
At some point it is up to the screenreader to work properly. If the authors
have done what is necessary to amke sure that access is possible (including
ensure that the script stuff is not necessary to understand the page) there
needs to be some work done by people who provide access to the content
through software such as browsers and assistive technologies.

Having a way of authoring that supports accessibility is vital for
accessibility, but unless there are also user agents that support
accessibility the web will still be only for some people.

Charles McCN

On Fri, 7 Apr 2000, Leonard R. Kasday wrote:
[snip]
  For example, take http://www.att.com
  
  As you mouseover items on a menu, another image changes to show some more info.
  And, bless them, their javascript also changes the alt text of that other 
  image.
  
  Are screenreaders going to show this changed alt text in the other image?
  
  Also, what if a mouseover changes the image it was on.  What does the 
  screenreader read when it the image gets focus?  the original alt text or 
  the changed alt text?
  
  Len
Received on Friday, 7 April 2000 17:52:10 GMT

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