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RE: JavaScript and Screen Readers

From: Ryan Jean <ryanj@disnetwork.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:15:27 -0400
To: "'David Woolley'" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1KVR5Y-0003Bb-3a@bart.w3.org>

The funny thing is when I use "document.write()" or "innerHTML", the screen
reader will read the alt in the img tag but not the text. The only way I
worked around all this "document.write()" issue is to set everything in a
textarea tag. The issue with that is it removes all HTML coding and you lose

Ryan Jean
Assistant IT Specialist
The Disability Network
Flint, MI

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Subject: Re: JavaScript and Screen Readers

Isofarro wrote:

> This has nothing to do with Java. If you feel you need to contact the 
> organisation responsible/taking care for JavaScript, then you need to 
> contact ECMA, but I doubt you will find the answer there. Perhaps a 

ECMA only specify ECMAScript, the core programming language and the 
non-document, non-brower, supporting library.  Most of what actually 
causes problems is in the document and browser object models, whose 
origins are in a de facto standard by Netscape, since expanded by 
Microsoft, although parts of them (but not, for example, document 
loading time use of document.write) are standardised by W3C.

> better place will be Mozilla's accessibility mailing list, since Mozilla 
> is the direct descendent of Netscape Corporation which originally 
> created the JavaScript language. Aaron Lowenthal is probably the best 
> placed person to talk to about accessible JavaScript.

In practice, W3C's attempts to make people manipulate the DOM as a tree 
structure have been ignored, by the market, in favour of load time 
document.write and Microsoft's InnerHTML.

David Woolley
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