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RE: Seeking guidance...

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2000 16:27:09 -0400
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To: "Bruce Bailey" <bbailey@clark.net>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, <jpledger@mindspring.com>
Cc: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>, "Marjolein Katsma" <access@javawoman.com>
At 03:00 PM 4/7/00 -0400, Bruce Bailey wrote:
>Having ranted, let me attempt amends by attempting a summary:
>As a matter of actual practice, one could (and should) duplicate onMouseOver
>attribute content with onFocus (TABINDEX might have to be added too).
>Anyone who complains about their code becoming invalid should be excused
>from this requirement.
>Len -- how about adding this to the WAVE?

Sure this would be easy... it's on the to do list... but it brings up 
another question.  With current screenreaders, does it do the users benefit 
from this.

For example, take http://www.att.com

As you mouseover items on a menu, another image changes to show some more info.
And, bless them, their javascript also changes the alt text of that other 

Are screenreaders going to show this changed alt text in the other image?

Also, what if a mouseover changes the image it was on.  What does the 
screenreader read when it the image gets focus?  the original alt text or 
the changed alt text?


Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
Department of Electrical Engineering
Temple University
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