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Fwd: UAAG Examples why browsers need UAAG

From: Jim Allan <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:37:53 -0500
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To: WAI-ua <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
This is a document that Jeanne and I wrote to give a few powerful examples
as to why UAAG is necessary.

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From: Jeanne Spellman <jeanne@w3.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 5:39 PM
Subject: UAAG Examples why browsers need UAAG

Examples of why browsers need UAAG to help them with accessibility.

A blind employee who needs to search a specific entries in a photo gallery
or repository of charts can't, because most browsers do not search the
alternative text.

Employees using a keyboard cannot read all the content contained in a
<div> with overflow, because in most browsers, they cannot use the keyboard
to enter the box and cannot move the scrollbars. Even cursor browsing won't
enter that overflow box.

People with low vision can't customize the text so they can read it when
browsers eliminate user stylesheets.  Zoom is inadequate for people who
need to reduce space and heading sizes so the maximum amount of text
appears in their field of vision.

In most browsers, people with low vision can't print out a web page at the
size or customization they need.  These employees can't work without their
computer which limits their ability to do sales calls, or field service.

An employee reading a long document can't resize the text or resize the
window without losing their place, because browsers don't keep the point of

Users who want to read a tooltip from the keyboard can't in major browsers,
because the browsers don't provide tooltips on keyboard focus.  Elements
that can't get focus cannot display tooltips.  This requires authors to go
through a lot of work to meet WCAG requirements for keyboard access.

Placeholder text and disabled elements by default do not meet WCAG color
contrast requirements, so authors have to compensate to meet WCAG.

[image: http://www.tsbvi.edu] <http://www.tsbvi.edu>Jim Allan,
Accessibility Coordinator & Webmaster
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9264  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
"We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964
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