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Re: Template for Accessible Web Page

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 20:13:09 +0000
Message-Id: <FF0C74A2-372E-4F40-900B-A1D6206C7CCA@dorward.me.uk>
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Matt Morgan-May <mattmay@adobe.com>


On 24 Mar 2008, at 20:07, Matt Morgan-May wrote:
> On 3/24/08 12:58 PM, "David Dorward" <david@dorward.me.uk> wrote:
>>> [MM] Now you're really overreaching. A pipe is not "ASCII art".
>>
>> Really? It is an ASCII character. It is being used for visual
>> appearance, and not the meaning it has (since it doesn't have any
>> meaning in English). That sounds like ASCII art to me.
>
> [MM] It's not. From WCAG 1.0:
>
> "ASCII art refers to text characters and symbols that are combined  
> to create
> an image. For example  ';-)' is the smiley emoticon."


Interesting definition. '|' qualifies in every respect except  
"combined", and at a stretch you could say that ' | ' meets that  
fragment of the definition too.

 From a practical standpoint, screen readers (depending on which one  
and how they are configured) so pronounce it as 'pipe', which makes  
no sense in the context.

-- 
David Dorward
http://dorward.me.uk/
http://blog.dorward.me.uk/
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