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

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 09:53:35 -0500
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To: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hmmm... so it isn't reading the alt text for test 3.  This is indeed 
strange.  Test three is just an ordinary image with ALT text and a 
longdesc.  And the icon bazaar link is also just an ordinary image inside a 
link with ALT text.  Sounds like there is a bad bug somewhere.

The page validates against HTML 4 transitional...  except that  (blush) I 
omitted the doctype and had AREAS with shape="polygon" instead of 
shape="poly", but that shouldn't make any difference... especially in 
images that don't even refer to those areas.


At 01:45 PM 1/12/00 -0800, Patrick Burke wrote:
>Hmmm ... This doesn't seem to matter either. I never get the AREA alts spoken.
>Also I should amend my earlier statement: Test 3 produces nothing at all 
>for me. JFW just skips the image completely.
>Also, the "icon bazaar" link isn't spoken as part of the flow of the text, 
>& appears as a blank on the Braille display. However, it is reported 
>correctly when using tab-key navigation.
>At 12:07 PM 1/12/00 , Leonard R. Kasday wrote:
>>It might depend in on whether you use the Jaws feature that linearizes 
>>the page.
>>At 09:39 AM 1/12/00 -0800, Patrick Burke wrote [on hearing alt text]:
>>>Must be some different settings somewhere, but I can't think where.

Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
Department of Electrical Engineering
Temple University
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