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Re: simple test of screen reader support for CSS-generated text

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 01:52:04 +0000
To: "T.V Raman" <raman@google.com>
Cc: wai-xtech@w3.org
Message-Id: <20071121013202.M37421@hicom.net>

aloha, again, raman!

as dave pointed out, i'm trying to deal with the here and now, as well
as "looking" forward -- whether you or i or anyone else likes it, the 
majority of users are stuck with the tools they have at their disposal,
not necessarily the best, brightest and newest...  what is important 
right now is the collection of actual data as to what precisely supports
exposure of CSS-generated text, which can be slash could be slash should 
be available to all, either through inclusion in the DOM or, at the very 
least, as a string integrated into the document's content flow...

i am in violent agreement with your statement that quote CSS-generated 
content, if implemented correctly between the browser and AT is a win 
for accessibility unquote, but that is but one aspect of the exercise 
-- ascertaining what works, what's available to what API, what can be 
communicated as a string that is integrated into the document flow, 
and so on, is essential, in order that the sources of the problems of 
today can be isolated, identified and illuminated, so that 
"responsibility" on the part of a CSS-aware user agent and on the part 
of the assistive technology can be properly determined, as a first step 
towards rectifying the situation...

and, as i stated earlier, there is a need for a solution that works 
with today's technologies -- FF has taken the initial step, by 
making available the nesting levels and enumeration schemes defined 
by authors via CSS to control list formatting, so there are potential 
solutions which can be effected with today's technologies...  this is 
an important consideration in a world of color coding, from the DIFF-
marked content on a wiki history page to DIFF-marked drafts, such as 
W3C drafts, where style has been separated from content using style 
sheets, but there isn't a win for anyone, if those style sheets are 
used to provide visual cues alone, through background and foreground 
color changes which are inperceptable to an individual's AT.

gregory.
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