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RE: Identifying results with color

From: Joe Chidzik <joe.chidzik@abilitynet.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:09:35 -0500
To: Jan Eric Hellbusch <hellbusch@2bweb.de>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <4602D70D47EBE642A2B85590FFB33249AAD749DAB5@34093-MBX-C09.mex07a.mlsrvr.com>

> > To semantically identify these results as being highlighted, for
> screenreader users
> > for instance, you can use the HTML5 <mark> element, presumably with
> different
> > classes for different search result terms.
> 
> Thanks. We will look into that. Is there any information on screenreader support for
> that element?

Hi Jan,

I'm not aware of any research into screenreader support for the <mark> element unfortunately. There is a useful overview of this element at the HTML5doctor site: http://html5doctor.com/draw-attention-with-mark/ 

I would agree with Harry's comments, and your original suggestion, that using numbers would seem the simplest way of achieving your end goal. I am guessing these would appear in a similar way to the footnote identifiers throughout Wikipedia, as numerical superscript after each word? If so, the only requirement I would see is a table identifying which word is identified by which number before the text, along with a description of the technique you are using so that new users can understand it e.g. "The different search terms are indicated on the page using superscript. These are detailed in the table below."

Joe
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