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Re: How to make highlighted text accessible?

From: Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:00:43 +0200
Cc: Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <3C8D32FF-CFEE-433E-968C-B2669B7D5A5D@druemmer.com>
To: Lars Holm Sørensen <post@diversa.dk>
Hi Lars,

as a starter: please keep in mind that screen readers are just one possible type of assistive technologies… ;-) 

In principle just follow the rule "information shall not be conveyed by colour alone".

And I would like to add: do not remedy this by yet another piece of information that is not normally presented.

Why not put the text "current step" or something like that in front of the … well .. current step?

This will be an extremely robust approach, and will help everybody, whether blind, low vision, colour blind, dyslexic, … - and in many cases even when no specialised technology, aka assistive technology, is used.


Am 19 Oct 2013 um 13:27 schrieb Lars Holm Sørensen <post@diversa.dk>:

> Hello
> Can you suggest a good solution for the following case?
> I have a website, where the user goes through a 3 step workflow. 
> The 3 steps are listed on top of the page, where the currently active step is highlighted with a CSS-colored background to tell the user which step she is performing right now.
> The 3 steps are just clean text, - no buttons or tabs, - not used for navigation.. They are just there to indicate where in the workflow we are.
> In the given situation there is no information for the screenreader user about where in the workflow she is right now. 
> It might also be a problem if the page us used with customized styles.
> What would be the best way to let all users know about the current active step? 
> Does aria provide any solution for this?
> Everything best:
> Lars Holm Sørensen
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