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Re: <span> within a word any issue for screen readers?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2006 20:24:51 +0000
Message-ID: <43C2C693.70406@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Geoff Deering wrote:

> What I don't know is that even if the screen reader didn't have a 
> problem with reading a word with an inline SPAN element, how it would 
> communicate via the screen reader the presence of the accesskey.

Leaving aside the issue that accesskeys may not be the best idea (in 
their current implementation) in the first place, I'd strongly suggest 
that it cannot be the role of a SPAN inside an A (or other element that 
can receive focus and supports accesskey) to communicate the accesskey. 
This must remain an attribute of the relevant parent element (again, 
even if it's contested whether or not this implementation is 
fundamentally flawed in the first place).

Patrick H. Lauke
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