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RE: How Does Guideline 3.1.1 Affect Accessibility?

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 06:53:40 -0700
To: "Homme, James" <james.homme@highmark.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <EE43A638A0C5E34E80AF78EFE940FC2C021FC2BA8E@nambx09.corp.adobe.com>
If you have a page that contains English text, but the page is marked as lang="fr", then a tool might select a speech synthesizer that is appropriate for French to read the text.  This would result in English being read with a French accent and syntactic expectiations, and punctuation like parentheses being voiced with French words.    The result can be pretty awful.


Andrew Kirkpatrick
Group Product Manager, Accessibility
Adobe Systems


From: Homme, James [mailto:james.homme@highmark.com]
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2013 9:28 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: How Does Guideline 3.1.1 Affect Accessibility?

Guideline 3.1.1: The default human language of each Web page can be programmatically determined.                                                                    (Level A).

Since this is level (a), and I'm an English-only speaker, I'm asking this question. If we have pages in another language, I'm guessing that someone who uses speech would have difficulty using those pages. Is that correct? Or are there also other accessibility considerations? Thanks for your enlightenment.



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