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RE: screen reader reporting of negative values

From: Foliot, John <john.foliot@chase.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:45:26 +0000
To: Jennifer Sutton <jsuttondc@gmail.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <D0DBF1AE71D5D1448811AC41795190740EA64875@SCACMX021.exchad.jpmchase.net>
Jennifer Sutton wrote:
> I agree with Sailesh:
> As I see it, this is where the user has a responsibility
> as part of the :"accessibility contract." If you're looking
> at your finances, even if you don't know how to adjust your
> screen reader's verbosity, you better darned sure know how
> to navigate character by character to check for minus signs
> (not to mention being careful to check for correct reporting
> of numbers, if you suspect something is amiss). As far as I
> know, examining character by character *should* report *all*
> characters regardless of punctuation settings, at least in my
> experience of some, but not all, screen readers.

I principle, I agree, but with the following provisions:

1) As part of the "accessibility contract" authors must ensure that content is Perceivable and Understandable, thus this *is* an author issue (Sailesh feels otherwise).

2) There are multiple ways of visually rendering "a minus symbol" on screen, as Roger noted in his initial post:

> I am interested in finding the best way to include negative values
> in a table. For example a table showing an overdrawn bank account
> or a temperature below zero (c or f).
> It seems that there is some variability in the level of screen reader
> (and/or browser) support for coded &mdash; and &#8212; or the standard
> keyboard dash.

I believe that it is important that authors understand which of those ways works versus which introduces confusion, etc.

I continue to believe that we, as authors, carry a slightly heavier lift in ensuring our clients are given the best user experience - this goes beyond just "letter of the law" accessibility, and into what is the Best Practice. (And lest anyone think I am being 'condescending' to non-sighted users here, I believe Best Practices for optimum user experience crosses all user-groups.)


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