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From: Mike Costello <mike@hma.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2006 17:58:17 -0000
Message-ID: <DA0D05BD532045409388C6A7329EAA7B4CAD3F@felix.hmanewmedia.co.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I was just wondering what peoples thoughts were on the use of the css
property "display: none" to provide content to screen readers that's
hidden from visual browsers.
The context that I was planning to use this, was to hide h1 text titles
from visual browsers by using the display: none property to hide them
and replacing them with graphical titles displayed using the css
background property.
So for example;
<h1><span class="hidethis">This is my title</span></h1>   
h1 {
    background: url("images/this_is_my_title.gif");
    width: 150px;
    height: 20px;
.hidethis {
    display: none;
My belief is that this would render the graphical image of the title in
visual browsers like Internet Explorer etc. and the text h1 title in
screen readers and browsers with CSS turned off. I'm I correct in making
this assumption? What are people's opinion on this methodology?
Many thanks in advance of any help anyone can offer,

Kind regards.


Mike Costello
Senior Developer
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