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Re: Skip Nav (was RE: "Think EUO, not SEO"/Google)

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 19:33:23 -0400
To: wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Screen readers are not aural devices.  The provide a means where by one
should be able to opperate in their respective environment as long as the
information and interactivity does not have to be "seen".

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@sidar.org>
Cc: "Mike Rundle" <phark@phark.net>; "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2003 7:28 PM
Subject: Re: Skip Nav (was RE: "Think EUO, not SEO"/Google)

On Friday, June 13, 2003, at 07:41 AM, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> As Bill said, this causes a problem for screen readers.

This is a problem with screenreaders.  :)  Really, the CSS specification
is pretty clear in allowing a user to specify style rules as being only
for screen display, or as being intended for aural display.

If an aural device chooses to ignore "aural" media type rules, and
honor "screen" media type rules, that's honestly not the fault of the
developer who is following the spec.

There are serious problems with compromising standards-compliant
in order to account for broken implementations of the standard.  If a
screenreader user is complaining about only seeing what is on the
screen, and not hearing the "aural" content, that's something she should
take up with her screenreader developer.

(That's not to say that you couldn't, for example, generate a specific
screenreader Web interface in order to compensate for the broken
just as you can do this with other broken software if you choose.  But
you shouldn't be defacing Web designs because screenreaders want to act
"screen" media instead of "aural" media.)


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