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

From: Geoff Deering <geoff@deering.id.au>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 07:59:05 +1100
Message-ID: <43C2CE99.60100@deering.id.au>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> 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).

Yes, I agree.  The accesskey is assigned to the A element, the SPAN is 
just serving as a non structural element as a visual indicator that 
there is an accesskey assigned to that link.  It's following the GUI  
standards of assigning accelerator keys to menuing functions.

Geoff Deering
Received on Monday, 9 January 2006 20:59:23 UTC

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