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RE: JavaScript and Screen Readers

From: Ryan Jean <ryanj@disnetwork.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 11:04:45 -0400
To: "'Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis'" <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Cc: "'David Woolley'" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1KVpGw-0008OY-AY@maggie.w3.org>

Here is my goal and achievement:

I was able to take a page that has a table with multiple cells and extract
only one cell so that only its content is viewable in the current window. I
did this using JS and "document.write()". This has three advantages: it
eliminates a pop-up, a duplicate page is not required, and it is printer
friendly. However, the drawback from that is after the function runs, the
content inside the cell is now not web accessible, via screen readers. It
does still fall under the W3C guidelines because it is readable in table
format, just not after. I wish there was a way we and ARIA could fix this
bug. We know pop-ups are frowned upon in web accessibility and it is twice
as much work for the webmaster to update each page if there is a duplicate
involved. I did find a way around the bug by forcing the content in a
textarea, but that takes away all the images and HTML coding.

Ryan Jean
Assistant IT Specialist
The Disability Network
Flint, MI
Received on Wednesday, 20 August 2008 15:07:03 UTC

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