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Re: examples of sites with good accessibility

From: Christopher Hoffman <christopher.a.hoffman@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 14:10:28 -0400
Message-ID: <61682a40610261110p1ec9a227he65f05bd3b41f0cb@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Geoff Stephens" <GeoffsLists@geoffandwen.com>, "WAI Interest Group list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, adlaws@gmail.com
The problem is that the headings are styled as display: none. Many
screenreaders (Jaws among them) only read the screen-rendered content, and
so ignore any element with display: none.

One solution might be to shrink the headings down to pixel size:

 h1 {height: 0; width: 0; overflow: hidden;}

and then use absolute positioning to move them somewhere inconspicuous.

Chris

On 10/26/06, Geoff Stephens <GeoffsLists@geoffandwen.com> wrote:
>
>  And did you test with assistive technology?  Some of the headings aren't
> showing up for my screen reader.  I do not know whether this is the
> result of something defined in a style somewhere, a bug in the way the
> screen reader handles the content, or something else.
>
> The use of a list here is a good example of the trend to use lists as a
> catch-all solution.  This is made more unclear because, as I said, the
> headings are not displayed as part of the content by my screen reader.
>
> <div id="breadcrumbs">
>   <h1>You are in </h1>
>   <ul>
>     <li class="home"><a title="Transport for London" href="
> http://www.tfl.gov.uk">Transport for London</a></li>
>     <li class="current"><span>Current section</span></li>
>   </ul>
> </div>
> One of the definitions of list is:
> The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
>
>
> the following heading is the only heading I can recognize in the rendered
> version:
> <h1>Please select from the options below before proceeding.</h1>
>
> Maybe I'm out of the loop on the current practices with regard to Title
> and Alt atributes, but is there any reason why you use both?  Unless you
> know how assistive technologies handle these attributes you run the risk of
> possibly conveying an unintended meaning.  This is further complicated by
> the fact that assistive technology is apparently electing to handle Alt and
> Title in whatever way they think best.
>
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