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Re: How do screen readers treat empty paragraphs please?

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 07:50:04 -0500
To: Lois Wakeman <lois@lois.co.uk>, WAI list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <001101c293b8$039cd2f0$19e03244@DAVIDPOEHLMAN>

They are not even noticed by jaws 4.50.  I marked up the strings you
gave below and when the page was loaded with just those strings, it
appeared as though there was noting coded into the page.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lois Wakeman" <lois@lois.co.uk>
To: "WAI list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2002 7:09 AM
Subject: How do screen readers treat empty paragraphs please?

I am trying to educate someone for whom I designed accessible web
to produce clean and tidy code.  However, he wishes to use multiple
paragraphs with non-breaking spaces to mess up my nice style sheets with
uneven spacing. My question is sort of related: if a screen reader comes
across code like this:

        <.p>&nbsp; </p>

(horrible, isn't it?) -- will this cause annoyance to the reader, or
just be
ignored completely? If the latter, I shall have to bite my tongue and
quiet, I guess.

Lois Wakeman
Received on Sunday, 24 November 2002 07:51:36 UTC

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