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Re: Accessibility barrier?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 11:33:07 -0400 (EDT)
To: Melinda Morris-Black <melinda@ink.org>
cc: Accessibility Listserve <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0007131129120.20680-100000@tux.w3.org>
Well, this is a problem. There are many older browsers that also don't
display strike-through - as I understand it generally relies on the browser
knowing that there is a system font that is strike-through.

My approach would be to use the del element and a style sheet, and use the
style sheet to hide the comments "The following text is struck out" and "end
struck text" or something similar. (How do they think strike through text
comes out on a phone browser anyway?)

I realise that may not seem an instantly easy answer, but I personally can't
find another one. I'd be intersted though. (You could put them up in SVG -
you are likely to get much better rendering control, and it can be done
accessibly for anyone with an XML browser...)



On Thu, 13 Jul 2000, Melinda Morris-Black wrote:

  We are currently assembling technical requirements for our website
  redesign. One of my goals to move to a XHTML 1.0 and stylesheet solution
  for greater accessibility. I don't anticipate any difficulty for the
  majority of our portal, with one exception: We display bills for our
  state legislature which require strike through text. I'm required that
  these display properly, due to the legal nature of the content.
  This will be no problem for newer browsers that recognize stylesheets.
  However, strike through will not degrade gracefully.  I still have a
  population using older browsers and don't anticipate any significant
  upgrades in the near future. Many are dialing in from rural Kansas.
  Any suggestions for this conundrum? We may have to continue marking up
  those documents for years to come otherwise.
  Information Architect
  Information Networks of Kansas
  FON: (785) 296-5143
  PCS: (785) 550-7345
  FAX: (785) 296-5563

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