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Finishing up WCAG Icon Font Issue 144 (was Re: Your thoughts on updated "Icon Font with an On-Screen Text Alternative" Technique)

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:42:15 -0500
Message-ID: <CAOavpve6OjKyO-SLPdy3bNdWFR-MMVy6sgfC61DnSRfu3gJSPg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jim Allan <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>, public-low-vision-a11y-tf <public-low-vision-a11y-tf@w3.org>
Cc: Joshue O Connor <josh@interaccess.ie>
Hi Jim, Andrew, John, Wayne and all,

Josh has asked [1] if the following updated techniques are ready for
review by the full HTML WG:

Providing an On-Screen Text Alternative for an Icon Font
https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/wiki/Icon_Font_with_an_On-Screen_Text_Alternative

Using aria-hidden="true" on an icon font that AT should ignore
https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/wiki/Using_aria-hidden%3Dtrue_on_an_icon_font_that_AT_should_ignore

What is the next step in finishing up WCAG issue 144 so the Josh can
get them on a survey?

Thank you.
Kindest Regards,
Laura

[1] https://github.com/w3c/wcag/issues/144#issuecomment-240110660

Kindest Regards,
Laura

On 7/30/16, Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com> wrote:
> After the discussion at the LVTF this week I am really think that Icon
> Fonts are just icons, images. None really have the same definitive meaning
> as alphanumeric characters or punctuation symbols. They have no precise
> definition like mathematical symbols. Icon fonts are really non-text
> content. They are mapped to character sets for convenience, but they are
> just pictures.
>
> Laura, I think your techniques are  a good start. Pictures require text
> alternatives, and your code is one way to do that. Removing them from the
> audio flow to prevent silly or incorrect text associated with icon font
> characters, and then inserting the correct words seems exactly right.
>
> Wayne
>
>
>
> On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM, Laura Carlson
> <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com
>> wrote:
>
>> Hi John,
>>
>> Thank you for checking the technique and for your offer to help
>> wordsmith. Much appreciated.
>>
>> Kindest regards,
>> Laura
>>
>> On 7/29/16, Rochford, John <john.rochford@umassmed.edu> wrote:
>> > Hi Laura,
>> >
>> > I agree that description is more clear. I can help you wordsmith it
>> later.
>> >
>> > Thank you for your work on this.
>> >
>> > John
>> >
>> > John Rochford<http://profiles.umassmed.edu/profiles/display/132901>
>> > UMass Medical School/E.K. Shriver Center
>> > Director, INDEX Program
>> > Instructor, Family Medicine & Community Health
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>> > From: Laura Carlson [mailto:laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com]
>> > Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 7:30 AM
>> > To: Low Vision Task Force <public-low-vision-a11y-tf@w3.org>
>> > Subject: Your thoughts on updated "Icon Font with an On-Screen Text
>> > Alternative" Technique
>> >
>> > Hello Everyone,
>> >
>> > Thank you so very much for our discussion yesterday [1].
>> >
>> > I updated the description for the "Icon Font with an On-Screen Text
>> > Alternative" [1] technique trying to incorporate ideas from our
>> > meeting. It now reads:
>> >
>> > <quote>
>> >
>> > The objective of this technique is to show how to provide a visible,
>> > text alternative for an icon font that conveys information.
>> > Icon fonts are fonts that use the Private Use Area (PUA) of Unicode.
>> >
>> > Typically they are inserted in HTML via the CSS @font-face declaration
>> > and generated content property. Since they are vectors they are
>> > scalable and resolution-independent.
>> >
>> > Icon fonts can have 2 problems:
>> >
>> > 1. Some people with disabilities may not use assistive technology (AT)
>> > and rely on on-screen text alternatives.
>> >
>> > 2. For those who do use AT, voicing of icon fonts may be inaccurate,
>> > nonsensical, redundant, or unpredictable.
>> >
>> > To solve these 2 problems aria-hidden="true" is used so AT will
>> > ignored the icon. Then an on-screen text alternative is added to
>> > convey meaning to everyone.
>> >
>> > <unquote>
>> >
>> > Thoughts? Is that clearer? Suggestions for improved verbiage?
>> >
>> > In addition, I added a definition section to the document per Andrew's
>> > suggestion of having an icon font definition. If anyone knows of
>> > better definitions please let me know and I can revise that section.
>> > The ones I found are very informal.
>> >
>> > Thank you.
>> > Kindest Regards,
>> >
>> > Laura
>> >
>> > [1] https://www.w3.org/2016/07/28-lvtf-minutes.html
>> > [2]
>> >
>> https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/wiki/Icon_Font_with_an_On-Screen_Text_Alternative
>> > --
>> > Laura L. Carlson
>>
>>
>


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Laura L. Carlson
Received on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 14:42:44 UTC

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