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RE: sorry! RE: Stats about JavaScript availability

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpatrick@macromedia.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2005 09:42:44 -0800
Message-ID: <DC9D05204B1E16419D62C12561C93221063B6BA1@p01exm01.macromedia.com>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> Also worth mentioning: most screen readers, as far as I know, 
> don't "see" any markup generated via javascript, but rely 
> solely on the markup that's originally sent by the server. 
> So, any DOM scripting / javascript magic may be completely 
> lost on users of JAWS and co.

This isn't necessarily true anymore.  JAWS and Window-Eyes, for example,
do pretty well with regard to javascript, and are getting better all the

If you have a form with a select with 3 choices (yes, no, and maybe) and
when maybe is chosen a textarea appears on the screen next to the select
("if maybe, please explain"), screen reader users will be able to see
this control.  I don't have the specific data on what versions deal with
this and how, but it has been supported long enough to assume that the
information will be read (and then test to verify) rather than assume
that it won't be read (and then test to verify).

In general, screen reader off-screen models are less static all the

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