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Re: JAWS doing em / strong Re: *Complex* Tables, Forms, Labeling, I'm still confused

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 13:44:53 -0500
To: Tina Holmboe <tina@elfi.org>, "David R. Stong" <drs18@psu.edu>
Cc: jon@spin.ie, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <001901c28c0d$ec127010$19e03244@DAVIDPOEHLMAN>

jaws does not do any enterpretation of the text.  it just reads as text
and relies on punctuation for inflection.  it relies on a narrow subset
of punctuation in fact which is period, question mark, comma, and other
pause charactrs as well as exclamation.  Jaws does not allow variance in
inflection but processes these indicators internally to arrive at an
approximation of meaningfull inflection depending on the speech
synthesizer used.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tina Holmboe" <tina@elfi.org>
To: "David R. Stong" <drs18@psu.edu>
Cc: <jon@spin.ie>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 1:13 PM
Subject: Re: JAWS doing em / strong Re: *Complex* Tables, Forms,
Labeling, I'm still confused



On Thu, 14 Nov 2002 11:15:52 -0500
 "David R. Stong" <drs18@psu.edu> wrote:

> to center something in a cell. The strength of inflection of a given
> word may affect meaning and in so doing needs to be interpreted by
> any device that interprets written words.

  The strength of *inflection* is indeed meaningful. I doubt anyone
would
  ever try to argue that.

  But, and please correct me if I am wrong, what seems to be the case
here
  is that Jaws uses the thickness of lines (bold face) in order to
determine
  the strength of inflection.

  If I am not incorrect in that assumption, then I am afraid that I'll
agree
  with the phrase "insane" - which is otherwise a rather dangerous word
to
  use.

  Hopefully I've just misunderstood. I'd really not like to put forth
  questions such as

    "If a webpage is rendered all in bold, should it be shouted ?"

  or

    "How bold should a bold font become before it means emphasis ?"

  or even

    "Does <em>this phrase</em> rendered thinly not mean emphasis ?"

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