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Re: screen reader reporting of negative values

From: David Hilbert Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:28:59 -0400
Message-Id: <7052A1FB-3DEF-4369-8F56-628CF38C65CD@comcast.net>
Cc: Alastair Campbell <alastc@gmail.com>, renrez <renrez@renrez.com>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
This muddies the waters when the solution is already at hand.

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On Aug 21, 2013, at 10:18 AM, Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com> wrote:

This is scary. This may be the documented behavior today but browser
and AT interaction change  / something breaks etc.
A developer will adopt one of these  based on his understanding /
perspective / ease of implementation, where will that leave users,
going forward ?
So it is best to keep it simple: use the standard dash or minus sign
or parenthesis from the keyboard and place a note that is available to
all users: Negative figures are preceded with a minus sign or are in
parenthesis as the case may be.
Further, one may  suffix off-screen text, like : "Screen reader users:
please adjust  punctuation verbosity to have the negative sign read."
If content is within a data table, such a note can be placed within
the summary attribute and not as off-screen text.
Limit choices to what all users see and use.
Sailesh Panchang

On 8/21/13, Alastair Campbell <alastc@gmail.com> wrote:
> Oops. forgot the test case, sorry.
Received on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 15:29:35 UTC

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