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Re: Microsoft PowerPoint accessibility

From: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 10:13:32 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTimsTOQJ6d2FYr1T6RbXV+PfSyU9MJS2qJPHe_XD@mail.gmail.com>
To: deborah.kaplan@suberic.net
Cc: Bart Simons <bart.simons@anysurfer.be>, W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
When developers use the alt attribute only, this is not displayed as a
tool tip.  The title attribute is.  This is not too important to
people with screen readers, but it is essential for people with low
vision who may not have access to small print on a web page, without
loss of functionality, but can control the size of tool tips.

Of course the universal answer to this is to use a screen magnifier.
That might be necessary for people with legal blindness, but the
overwhelming majority of people with visual impairments do not have
blindness (legal or otherwise).  Asking us to use screen readers for
no real purpose is, well, unequal treatment.

Remember people with blindness are a minority of the people with print
disabilities, the rest of the population can use the title attribute.

Wayne

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 7:50 AM,  <deborah.kaplan@suberic.net> wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Aug 2010, Bart Simons wrote:
>>
>> In my oppinion techniques that are not accessibility supported
>> should not
>> exist.
>> Let us take again H33: Supplementing link text with the title
>> attribute
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/NOTE-WCAG20-TECHS-20081211/H33
>> Under the "User Agent and Assistive Technology Support Notes"
>> heading follow
>> so many arguments claiming the technique is not accessibility
>> supported that I
>> think the technique should be (temporarily) deleted.
>
> Exactly. Developers persist in using the title attribute because
> they want hover text and the existing accessibility standards
> tell them they can use the title attribute to provide accessible
> information. However, since practically user agent/adaptive
> technology combinations don't give access to the attribute, we
> shouldn't be telling developers to use it:
> <http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/20081211/#navigation-mechanisms-refs>
>
> If the title attribute vanished altogether I would be a much
> happier camper.
>
> -Deborah
> --
> Deborah Kaplan
>
>
>
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