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

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2000 07:52:08 -0800
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To: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@acm.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I forgot that I had Show pictures turned on.

The prize goes to David Poehlman for spotting the problem.

Sorry to waste list bandwidth & archive space, but for the sake of 
completeness there it is.


At 06:53 AM 1/13/00 , Leonard R. Kasday wrote:
>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 
>>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.
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