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Re: Fw: putting reader text in hidden <div> tags / adding pauses

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2001 19:37:20 -0500
Message-Id: <200112020028.TAA1623354@smtp2.mail.iamworld.net>
To: "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: "Rand, Robert" <RandR@SEC.GOV>
At 10:07 AM 2001-12-01 , David Poehlman wrote:
>The original senders address was not available but I thought this a
>worthy question to toss out.

The original poster is  "Rand, Robert" <RandR@SEC.GOV>

The original post and a few replies can be browsed starting at [long URL


Robert, you can find responses that passed through the WAI-IG list starting at



> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-basr-l@trace.wisc.edu
>> Behalf Of Rand, Robert
> Sent: Friday, November 30, 2001 9:01 AM
>> To: 'basr-l@trace.wisc.edu'
> Subject: putting reader text in hidden <div> tags / adding pauses
>Hi, I'm a web developer for a federal agency website and a newcomer to
>list. We are experimenting with adding text for for screen readers to
> home page and index pages that is hidden from the visual browser window
> the following coding:
><div style="display:none;">reader text goes here. . . .</div>
>I have verified that Netscape 4.7, Explorer 5, and Opera 5.12 won't show
>hidden text visually but that IBM Home Page Reader will read the text.
>haven't yet tested the coding with JAWS.
> Is anyone else using this coding or can someone recommend another
> What prompted this experimentation was that in conversation with some
> staff using screen readers, we discovered that our home page, with 70+
>links, is overwhelming. Visually the organization is clear, but the
>reader simply reads all the links one after the other without the
>identifying main link headings. We want to add a more explanatory menu
>screen readers with just the main links to our important index pages,
>uncluttered by secondary links that they would find on the second level
>index pages anyway.
> Second question is: has anyone had success with adding coding that
>a pause for screen readers between lists of links? Is that important?
>Thanks in advance for any help.
> Bob Rand, Web developer
> Securities and Exchange Commission
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