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Re: AW: Updated: How People with Disabilities Use the Web

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:27:26 +0100
Message-ID: <4B7E91BE.6070306@w3.org>
To: Brigitte Bornemann-Jeske <bbj@bit-informationsdesign.de>
CC: 'EOWG' <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>, 'WAI-AGE TF' <public-wai-age@w3.org>

Brigitte Bornemann-Jeske wrote:
> My first posting - hallo to all!
> I have a question regarding "Scenario 2: Reporter with repetitive 
> stress injury". How can "Text alternatives for images and other non-text
> content" help him out? There must be a link between motor disabilities and
> alternative text that I missed up to now. Should be glad to learn more.
> Best regards

To my understanding, speech recognition software use alt-attributes on 
form controls, buttons (including images of text in links), and other 
non-text objects. For instance, you could activate the search function 
by saying "search" rather than navigating to that control and selecting 
it manually. It is an effective way of using the control names.

Having said that, this is not reflected in the Understanding WCAG 2.0 
document and may need some more explanation. I'll take a note to better 
describe this in the section on speech recognition:
  - <http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/PWD-Use-Web/2009/browsing#speechrecog>

Thank you for raising this issue.


Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/ |
   WAI International Program Office Activity Lead   |
  W3C Evaluation & Repair Tools Working Group Chair |
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