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Re: speech only links

From: Seth Rothberg <sethmr@bellatlantic.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 10:28:00 -0500
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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On Monday 18 March 2002 09:24 am, Al Gilman wrote:
> The idea of "speech-only links" is ethically repugnant.  What lies are you
> telling the speech user that you are unwilling to have someone else be
> told?

Harsh language Al, and I think you are wrong here, though I'm willing to be 
convinced otherwise. First, I'm not telling any lies. I'm attempting--key 
word, attempting--to provide some navigation shortcuts to non-sighted 
visitors  who use some form of screen reading technology. The visually hidden 
links are not necessary or useful to most of the sighted. In this particular 
case I'm trying to make the navigation through a crowded three column 
collapsed table as easy for a blind person as a sighted person. Take a look 
and have at me again if you like: http://www.joneslibrary.org

N.B. Off list I've been rightly taken to task because my coding so far does 
nothing for people who can see but not use a mouse! 

>Think in terms of "screen-only hiding" instead, as an optional optimization, 
>and you will get the stylesheet logic right and understand the authoring 
>groundrules for these links.  These links are to be valid, but OK to hide 
>under some circumstances.  Not _only applicable_ under some circumstances.  
>You want

>@media screen ... display: none


>@media aural  ... display: some

Sorry, you've completely lost me here.


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