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Re: J the Z on CSS transparency and Jaws

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 23:51:27 -0800
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Message-Id: <178797C6-5784-11D7-984B-000393D9E692@idyllmtn.com>


On Saturday, March 15, 2003, at 05:27 AM, David Woolley wrote:
> One reason for JAWS honouring the visual behaviour, besides the fact 
> that
> it is a bolt on  to a visual rendering model, not an aural browser, may
> well be that this sort of tactic has long been used to keyword stuff 
> pages
> for search engines (even though many search engine operators say they 
> will
> blacklist people caught doing this).  The old version of my employer's
> web page used to have large amounts of white on white text and I've 
> seen
> that particular tactic on the pages of more well known companies, both
> long after reports of search engine blacklisting.
>
> It's an unfortunate fact of life that any technique designed to
> provide alternative content for the blind is likely to be abused
> in this way, and JAWS has to be designed for run of the mill pages,
> not those written by people who care about accessibility.
>
A good plan for screen readers, if possible, would be to use the idea
of "quirks mode" as developed by a number of browsers for CSS
rendering.  There's a "quirks mode" which preserves the bad habits
that web developers have come accustomed to from legacy browsers,
and a "standards" mode which does things the right way.  The switch
is whether or not a certain doctype has been specified.

I'm not sure what the switch should be for "accessible" mode, but I'm
sure we might be able to come up with something to suggest.

--Kynn



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