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Re: hiding accessibility features

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 07:50:54 -0400 (EDT)
To: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0107040749160.9072-100000@tux.w3.org>
The other problem is that there will be partially sighted users who will from
time to time want the description, and want to be able to find it.

If you provide multiple versions of your site you might like to do this in
the version that is optimised for visual use with mouse, but I would not do
it generally on a site.


On Wed, 4 Jul 2001, Kelly Ford wrote:

  If you used such a technique, how would you then make the information
  available to the AT user who needs it?  Display:none means don't show this
  and several screen readers and the technology they use to know what's on a
  web page honor that setting.  In a few cases this isn't true but not
  nearly enough to use such a technique safely in my opinion.


  On Wed, 4 Jul 2001, Jamie Mackay wrote:

  > I know we've had the discussion about why we should not make things
  > disappear by having the same background and foreground colours, but what
  > about using CSS {display:none} to 'hide' things like 'skip navigation'
  > and 'D' links?
  > Is this an acceptable way of adding accessibility features to a page
  > without creating ugly distractions for sighted visitors?
  > Jamie Mackay

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