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Re: link in new window debate

From: David Murdoch <david.murdoch@clarifeye.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 18:25:35 -0000
Message-ID: <003801c3ae01$5be6d280$0100a8c0@murdoch>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

>If it could, wouldn't it make life easier for designers? An alternative
>text description of such things as help windows (or complex images like
>maps) could be sent to the screen reader in place of the object. Could
>Javascript be used to open a help window, or, alternatively, send some
>text to the screen reader if one is detected?

That is what longdesc and table summaries are for (for example), I do not
know how many people actually include these now adays (not many from the
pages I have been on lately). Screen readers will read out the table
summaries to the user, though someone not using a screen reader will have no
clue it is there. Using help pages is rarely needed imho unless you want to
provide a list of hot keys you have set up for use by the sighted user, on
that note please please do not put the hotkey in a title/alt tag it just
irritates screen reader users since they then hear it all twice.

BTW greetings to all, quite new to the list

Received on Tuesday, 18 November 2003 13:25:43 UTC

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