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Re: Fill in the blank questions - best approach for denoting the blank

From: Elizabeth Pyatt <ejp10@psu.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:25:47 -0400
Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C9C50883-D52E-4EA1-A48B-333A1B852782@psu.edu>
To: "Gies, Edward M. (ELS-DAY)" <Ted.Gies@elsevier.com>
One option could be include the text “blank” as white on white or some sort of hidden text. It could be styled to have an underline or a visible bottom border via CSS.
Most screen readers do ignore this type of punctuation by default.

My two cents
> On Sep 27, 2016, at 3:07 PM, Gies, Edward M. (ELS-DAY) <Ted.Gies@elsevier.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We are working on a LMS system with fill in the blank questions.
> The particular type of fill in the blank is a simple variety where the user reads the text with the blank followed by a reveal the answer button.
> As an example, this sentence shows a blank using 4 underscores:
> The best approach for providing visually hidden text is ____ because it uses modern standards and supported across browsers.
> Within the HTML we are using underscores to visually render the blanks within each sentence.
> These underscores are not read at all by JAWS 17 or NVDA using default verbosity settings.
> Does anyone have a good approach for providing a text equivalent?  My first thought was to put in a CSS hidden word for “blank” right before the underscores.
> Thanks,
> Ted

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