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SharePoint Accessibility: Alt Text Attributes on Active Images inside data grid (in ‘more accessible mode’)

From: Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 15:25:34 -0500
Message-ID: <CAJGQbjvWfR3Bc9gZP_F4GZKrREkKbUyM4V=q__DYNdyfoLqoDw@mail.gmail.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
**For those who use screen readers**  You may already now, but there
are hidden images inside the SharePoint grid, with an alt text value
of "Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window)." This supplemental
text gives the shortcut key information to open a dialog. Please note
a few observations that follow:
1.	On running JAWS (text link > set to favor title attribute), all
images are ignored, which means, no alt text announcements are made.
2.	On running JAWS (text link > set to favor screen text), all images
are detected, meaning, alt text announcements are made.
Note: I am not sure how changing the settings affect the alt text
announcement, which should occur regardless of the change in settings
(1, 2 above).
Could the code be responsible? On removing internal references, the
code follows:
<td><A onfocus="OnLink(this)" HREF="http://sharepoint.xyz"
onclick="javascript:EnterFolder('xyz');return false;">AnyName<img
src="/_layouts/images/blank.gif" class="ms-hidden" border=0 width=1
height=1 alt="Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new
Basically, when a user cannot ascertain the alt text of an image,
which in this case must occur independently of AT’s settings (noted in
1, 2 above), should it be a failure, or not?

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