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RE: alt text & punctuation - best practice?

From: <Ianl@dyslexic.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 03:10:15 +0100
Message-ID: <6EAA2EBD3DDF4E4F95649DEA2B10D2422F6325@dyslexic.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

>Remember that the assistive technology has a responsibility here.


I agree entirely, in an ideal world.


Back here in the real world, how many screen readers pause intelligibly
after headings? Last time I looked, none of the - admittedly generally
lower cost - screen readers aimed at dyslexic people did so. Do all the
VI ones?


Which screen readers/browsers have a go at interpreting audio CSS? Which
implement it fully?


I'm not very familiar with the UAAG. Is there something there which says
that UAs should be able to read headings intelligently and intelligibly,
which I can brandish at screen reader authors? (I haven't yet been able
to find it.)


Our web house style has been to punctuate headings for some 8 years or
so. Has screen reader design moved on enough that we can now stop?


I don't accept that punctuated headings are "incorrect" any more than
punctuated bullets are. It is a matter of habit and house style. A
universal colon looks (to me at least, who is used to it) just as normal
in a heading as an exclamation mark or query.



Ian Litterick


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