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Re: screen readers, browsers, & the reporting of ALT on & in image maps

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2000 09:39:07 -0800
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IE4, JAWS 3.2, W98 produces:

Interesting. I get very similar results to Steve's, except that the AREA 
alts aren't read. No "Picture of compass" or anything. Must be some 
different settings somewhere, but I can't think where.

All four test imagemaps behave exactly the same for me.

Netscape 4.05 gives same results that others have reported: Only reads URLs 
of hotspots, image map itself only reported as numbered graphic.

At 08:41 AM 1/12/00 , Steven McCaffrey wrote:
>Hi Len, Gregory etal:
>A most interesting thread.
>Here's my report for test 1, more to follow.
>Test 1:
>JFW 3.2 and IE 4.01
>After selecting Skip to image map 1, I hear
>(What Jaws says in square brackets [])
>Picture of a Compass
>Test 2
>This is the same as test 1, except that
>The ALT text for the whole image is now "Select a direction"
>The image has a LONGDESC "antique dial"
>Select a direction.
>Test 3
>This is an ordinary image, not an image map, with alt text and longdesc.]
>Then when using the tab key I do indeed hear
>North, image map link
>South, image map link
>East, image map link
>West, image map link
>If I select one of these I do indeed hear the corresponding information.
>Selecting North image map link, I hear,
>You have clicked on North.
>Selecting South image map link, I hear,
>You have clicked on South.
>Selecting East image map link, I hear
>You have clicked on East.
>selecting West image map link, I hear,
>You have clicked on West.
>Steve McCaffrey
>senior programmer/Analyst
>Information Technology Services
>New York State Department of Education
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