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Re: 4.2 WCAG 1.0 Checkpoint

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 19:21:01 +0000
Message-ID: <43836F9D.7010501@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Christophe Strobbe wrote:

> At 17:40 22/11/2005, Patrick Lauke wrote:
> <blockquote>
> Keep in mind that Internet Explorer does not support ABBR...
> </blockquote>
> What exactly is the evidence for this statement?

> Does it mean that certain information is not in the DOM? That screen 
> readers can't access the title attribute of abbr because of lacking 
> support in IE (not the screen reader!)?

Well, Gez and Jon covered the answer, but I'd add: even *if* abbr was
in IE's DOM but the browser simply chose to completely ignore it, I'd 
contentiously ask from a pragmatic point of view: what use would it be 
then to the majority of web users if the browser didn't present them the 
expanded abbreviation in any useful form? Particularly if we're talking 
(like David's original remark) about "a learning or age-related 
impairment" - which does not automatically mean "they're using a screen 

Patrick H. Lauke
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