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Re: Screen reader access to symbols (special characters) inside data tables

From: David Best <davebest@ca.ibm.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 09:30:39 -0400
To: Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF08F8B0F9.A54403E8-ON85257934.00498C0E-85257934.004A37BB@ca.ibm.com>
Some symbols appear not to be included in the screen reader dictionary. The
screen reader user can identify them and add them, but I think in some
cases the screen reader manufacturer should be informed. Possibly the
following link may help explain in more detail.

Accessible Culture:

David Best, Advisory IT Specialist

From:	Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com>
To:	w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Date:	10/24/2011 05:06 PM
Subject:	Screen reader access to symbols (special characters) inside
            data tables
Sent by:	w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org

Hi All -- I am testing a table with symbols that convey meaning like, up /
down arrows. The problem is that JAWS will not voice the symbols.
Interestingly, on a different web page, JAWS voiced the single dagger and
double dagger symbols correctly, voiced the approximate symbol as an equal
to, but did not voice the cell with the up arrow symbol. Has anyone
experienced this quirkiness with JAWS and symbols before?
If you are interested, go to
http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/web/codehtml.html and pick
the table called Additional Punctuation Codes, which is at the end.
Just curious if it is a known issue.
Tested with I E 7, Firefox 3.6, and JAWS 10 on Windows Vista

Received on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 13:32:58 UTC

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