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Re: [csswg-drafts] [mediaqueries-4 ] Deprecate 'speech' media type as well?

From: Patrick H. Lauke via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:31:17 +0000
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> The current definition of speech is lousy, as screen readers, which it claims should match it, are a better fit for screen (plus some extra capabilities), since they do work on the result of a visual layout. If that's really what it's for, it should be deprecated, because it is wrong.

Yup, and also noting that screen readers are also used not just by 100% blind users, but those with partial sight as well, and even users with good eyesight but cognitive issues. Plus of course the fact that SRs sit on top of browsers, and the browsers clearly behave as `screen` user agents (although they may be able to detect there's AT running, they don't switch to now pretending to be `speech` devices, which would be wrong anyway per the previous bit about SR use).

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