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Re: Braille style sheets

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:58:29 +1000
To: "Alastair Campbell" <ac@nomensa.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.soibvrcgw5l938@researchsft>

On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 23:50:10 +1000, Alastair Campbell <ac@nomensa.com>  

> Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>> Does anyone on this list use the "embossed" media in CSS to produce  
>> style  sheets for braille?
> Hi Charles,
> Do you know if any user agents support that media type? (Or 'braille'  
> which might be the obvious choice from the CSS 2.1 spec).

I don't know. I would guess that Gnopernicus is worth looking into -  
apparently the commercially available offerings are still struggling to  
handle HTML.

> Knocking up a quick test page:
> http://alastairc.ac/media_type_test.html

Thanks for doing that, by the way. Test cases are always great things :-)

> Moz & IE6 show only all & screen on viewing, and only the all/print  
> types when print previewing (correctly I assume).
> However, JAWs only reads the all/screen types, not the speech type.  
> Technically incorrect, but perhaps practical? (Results from other screen  
> readers would be useful.)

Screen reader developers claim that they are not presenting a speech-based  
system, but a speech-output version of a visual system, so are doing the  
right thing. I think the lines are not so clear really, but there you go.

> Do the braille readers understand their media type? I don't have access  
> to one, but since most use something like JAWs as an intermediary  
> anyway, I would guess probably not... as there aren't many sites that  
> use them, it is something of a chicken & egg situation.




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