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Re: CSS Visibility & Display

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2001 08:52:09 -0600
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20011119085000.05106898@staff.uiuc.edu>
To: "Mike Scott" <mscott@msfw.com>, "WAI Mailing list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
In general screen readers should follow W3C specifications.  I think HPR 
and Jaws are probably trying there best to conform to 
specifications.  Window-Eyes pretty much depends on Active Accessibility, 
so they do not even try to process the source HTML.

Jon


At 01:33 PM 11/15/2001 -0600, Mike Scott wrote:
>I was hoping to be able to use one CSS display and/or visibility properties
>to dynamically hide and display menus for visual users, but still have the
>screen readers read out the "hidden" text. But, it seems that the leading
>screen readers support these properties very inconsistently.
>
>So far, I've found the following results:
>
>JAWS 4.0.103:
>Reads text with visibility:hidden or display:none, IF style rule is set in
>the <style> block in the document <head>.
>Does not read text with visibility:hidden or display:none, IF style is set
>in-line.
>
>HPR 3.00:
>Reads text with visibility:hidden or display:none, regardless of where the
>style is set.
>
>HPR 3.02:
>Does not read text with visibility:hidden or display:none, regardless of
>where the style is set.
>
>Does anyone know if there is a "correct" way for the assistive technology
>tools to be handling these properties? Also, how are the other assistive
>technologies - Window-Eyes in particular - handling this? (Any other
>suggestions on making accessible DHTML menus?)
>
>Thanks,
>Mike

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
MC-574
College of Applied Life Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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