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Re: double underscore with meaning

From: Jim Allan <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 12:29:58 -0500
Message-ID: <CA+=z1WnWEcsz+yWME8hofQUTyjSsFLw2+a504CH2m0AANEj40g@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
On Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 12:23 PM Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
wrote:

> On 06/09/2018 18:05, Felix Miata wrote:
>
> > Semantically, an appropriate character instead of CSS:
> >
> > https://unicode-search.net/unicode-namesearch.pl?term=UNDERSCORE
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underscore
>
> Is that announced/exposed by assistive technologies in any way?
>
just tested with JAWS, NVDS and the html entity &#8215; -
jaws says  "equals"

nvda says nothing

entity reading by screen readers is spotty and varies by screen reader.



>
> >
> >> The fact that the row header already says "Total ..." is arguably
> >> sufficient I'd say.
> >
> > Nope. This convention is well over a century old, the source of the term
> "bottom
> > line". Those who skim balance sheets, income and cash flow statements
> for the
> > bottom line focus on the number column.
> >
> > If it wasn't for accountants, personal computers would have taken many
> years
> > longer, or may never have, become the ubiquitous tools that they did.
> The double
> > underscore isn't going away.
>
> Did anybody here say "don't provide a visual double underscore"? No. The
> question was about how to convey this not just visually.
>
> P
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