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Re: JavaScript and Screen Readers

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 16:59:01 +0100
Message-ID: <48A99C45.8070804@googlemail.com>
To: Ryan Jean <ryanj@disnetwork.org>
CC: 'David Dorward' <david@dorward.me.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Ryan Jean wrote:
> Hopefully we can change that.

Could you explain a bit more clearly precisely what problems for the 
end-user and/or the developer you're trying to solve?

What precisely do you mean by the phrases "rewriting the screen" and 
"duplicating the webpage"? Why would "rewriting the screen" require 
"duplicating the webpage" or "opening a new window"?

Are you trying to use document.write() as an alternative to serverside 
code-sharing and templating:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_template_system

Also, are you aware that there are other ways to "rewrite the screen" 
(or, more accurately, change the Document Object Model) with JavaScript 
than document.write(). For more about the Document Object Model (DOM), see:

Introduction: http://www.sitepoint.com/print/rough-guide-dom

Specifications: http://www.w3.org/DOM/DOMTR

Gecko implementation documentation: 
http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Gecko_DOM_Reference

Trident implementation documentation: 
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms764730.aspx

Assistive technology experiences various problems with the various 
methods of updating the DOM. And some users will have JavaScript 
disabled for these and other reasons.

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Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Received on Monday, 18 August 2008 15:59:41 GMT

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