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Re: divs and screen readers

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 10:02:33 -0700
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To: Julia Collins <julia@we3.co.uk>, Lauke PH <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi Julia,

 From a very quick test with Jaws 4.5: Yes, I get the same effect of 
reading across columns.

If I'm understanding the source code correctly, some of the divs are very 
small, with, for example, the "text-only" & search form field having their 
own sets of div tags. So the screen readers are interpreting them as 
separate logical units.

I think if you had the div tags surrounding each full column of 
information, then the screen readers would put the (now larger) blocks in 
the right order.

Just my best-guess,


At 07:46 AM 7/10/2003, Julia Collins wrote:


>But please, please, please, if anyone has anything to report on how screen
>readers interpret this - if they get the same problems the testers have been
>experiencing - please get back to me.
>With deep gratitude
Received on Thursday, 10 July 2003 13:02:37 UTC

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