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Re: Copywriting for Screenreaders (was Alt text for URL's)

From: david poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 09:32:11 -0500
Message-ID: <007f01c514fd$7971a6e0$6401a8c0@DAVIDPC>
To: "Andy Budd" <andy@message.uk.com>, "W" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Andy and all,

I think we've seen discussions on structure over the years on tis list.  I 
know we've seen examples of good structure and I also think most of us know 
what is a hack and what is not.

I have also read the forgoing messages on this thread and while I am fully 
cognacent of the capabilities of assistive technologies, I also know that 
there are lots of people using ats that do not have those capabilities or 
who are not using ats but are using keyboard access and good tabular I mean 
tabable structure is vital for them and will remain so for some time to 
come.  Listen to your pages on the phone and tell me how you think they 
should be structured after listening to them on the phone through an 
interface which allows navigation.  If you need suc an interface to use for 
this purpose, I think we can drum one up.

Folk, We need to tink in terms of device independance.  I saw an article 
yesterday about a new ie coming out possibly as early as late this year and 
one of the points in the article was that if you want to cover all the 
audiences, you hve to code for ie and then code for all the rest.  This 
should not be so.  Things like skip nav and te ability of at to mask less 
than rigorous structural constructures have done little to move us forward 
toward an accessible web.

Johnnie Apple Seed
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy Budd" <andy@message.uk.com>
To: "W" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 8:40 AM
Subject: Re: Copywriting for Screenreaders (was Alt text for URL's)

david poehlman wrote:

> The analogy does not fly.  I repeat my question but maybe I am not
> being
> clear enough, if pages are done right, we dont need to wade through a
> bunch
> of links whether a screen reader user or for some other reason a
> keyboard
> user?

OK, rather than just saying Skip links aren't needed if pages are done
right, how about explaining how pages can be done better and provide us
with a few examples?

Andy Budd

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