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RE: Display: none

From: Jim Tobias <tobias@inclusive.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 09:22:06 -0500
To: "'Andrew Kirkpatrick'" <akirkpat@adobe.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00dd01c64905$02d02f60$6701a8c0@velo>
Andrew -- this is so great.  It's really a model for how detailed web access
issues should be explored and documented.  Thanks.

Jim Tobias
Inclusive Technologies
+732.441.0831 v/tty



From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Andrew Kirkpatrick
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 1:06 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: Display: none

my data on this topic:


From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Mike Costello
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 12:58 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Display: none

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
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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