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Re: screen readers for macs - also bobby question

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 10:45:04 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200303081045.h28Aj4401893@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> example 1: form entry field should contain a default
> text.  that's not always practical and in my own
> experience with user tests can confuse users.

I've always wondered why people feel the need to do this.  This is not
an accessibility ghetto thing; it is something that was introduced in
mainstream web pages, but not done in the Visual Basic applications
which the design is trying to emulate.

> example 2: for purely decorative images it has become
> general practise to use empty alt attributes.  that is
> just to satisfy bobby and wai.  how is that more
> accessible than a missing alt attribute?

A missing alt makes the HTML invalid.  I think the idea was that requiring
the attribute would make people think about it, but, of course, people just
use authoring tools that insert alt="", alt="<value of src attribute>",
etc., or don't validate anyway.

> example 3: links should be separated by printable
> characters (this is one of the 'until user agents...'
> points).  so web designer often insert the pipe
> character and then make it invisible with display:none
> in the stylesheet.  that adds a lot of wasteful code
> to a page.

I'm not quite sure of the point, but I would suggest that this process 
leaves you with an accessibility/usabiliity problem, unfixed.  I.E.
it is hiding the problem from the checker without removing it.
Received on Saturday, 8 March 2003 05:45:08 UTC

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