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Re: SC #78 'Adapting text', and a question regarding consensus on icon fonts

From: Alastair Campbell <acampbell@nomensa.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:28:00 +0000
To: "w3c-wai-gl@w3.org" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <41411E78-4271-407C-84DC-274A8ADA0DF3@nomensa.com>
Patrick H. Lauke wrote about the ‘accessible’ examples:

> Not just disappear, but be potentially replaced with arbitrary/random characters in the overriding font, if present at those particular     unicode code points.

Usually squares on my system, I’ve attached a screenshot for those that can see it, which shows each icon replaced with a square. I think it varies depending on your system and what font you use to override it.

Andrew wrote:

> I think that it is a problem if we forbid any method/technique/technology that can be used in an accessible manner.

We can include a fall back of adding semantics, so where their example has something like:

<i class="fa fa-trash-o" aria-hidden="true"></i>

It could add a role, e.g:

<i class="fa fa-trash-o" aria-hidden="true" role=”img”></i>

I haven’t tested to check whether you then get any issues with it lacking alt text, but my understanding is that adding a role doesn’t invoke the standard browser behaviours for that role, so I doubt it would be an issue.



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