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Re: Descriptions of citations

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2001 12:47:01 -0400 (EDT)
To: Brooke Dine <dine@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov>
cc: w3cwai <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0106271241530.17109-100000@ns.shellworld.net>
Hello Brooke,

Screen readers have facilities for reading down to the individual
character at a time if the user so chooses.  Whether the user knows what
the citation means is more a reflection of the familiarity with citation
format.  I would strongly suggest that you not change from standard format
because as an example then if I base my knowledge of proper format on your
site, I'm going to be wrong if I use it someplace else.

Does the actual citation on your page have alt text or something so the
user doesn't get the .gif which is included in your example?


On Wed, 27 Jun 2001, Brooke Dine wrote:

> Hi All:
>
> Has anyone out there dealt with the accessibility of citations?  My site includes citations that are formatted according to official guidelines established by the publishing industry.  An example would be:
>
> IL-17 derived from juxta-articular bone and synovium contributes to joint degradation in rheumatoid arthritis
> Martine Chabaud, Erik Lubberts, Leo Joosten, Wim van den Berg, and Pierre Miossec
> Arthritis Res 2001, 3(3): 168177.
>
> Is it safe to assume that a disabled user will understand that "Arthritis Res 2001, 3(3): 168177" represents the journal Arthritis Research, published in 2001, volume 3, issue 3, on pages 168-177, but an vision impaired person would have to know each of these since the screen reader would read the citation verbatim.  The audience for the site (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov) is mainly the scientific community.  Any ideas/suggestions?
>
> As always, thanks for your help!
> Brooke Dine
> Information Specialist
> NCBI - National Library of Medicine
> Bethesda, MD 20892
>
>
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