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What do screen readers really say?

Sent by Mark Fletcher on 9 September 2003 11:11


Hi Bob,

I just wanted to express how much I appreciate the work you (and others)
have done here. This information is incredibly useful and I for one am
incredibly grateful.

Regards
Mark

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob Easton" [EMAIL-REMOVED]>
To: "css discuss" [EMAIL-REMOVED]>
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 11:34 AM
Subject: [css-d] What do screen readers really say?


> Many of us are moving from table based layouts to CSS based layouts and
> throwing out all of the spacer images too. One of the other things to
> get thrown out is the age old practice of attaching the accessibility
> links (skip navigation) to a spacer image.  Instead, we now see
> designers putting skip navigation links, and other sorts of
> accessibility material, in pages as simple text and then hiding it from
> the screen with display:none.
>
> The problem is that it does not work as expected. In all of the major
> screen readers, when you hide material from visual display, you also
> hide it from screen readers.
>
> This conclusion comes from research I did recently with a test suite
> that was answered by people using a wide range of screen readers and
> other assistive technology.
>
> The test suite: http://eleaston.com/bob/screenreader-visibility.html
> The results: http://css-discuss.incutio.com/?page=ScreenreaderVisibility
>
> Please read the results. It will answer a few of the likely questions.
> i.e. No, current screen readers do not read aural style sheets.
> i.e. The best way to hide skip nav links is the way we have always done
> it, with a link on a small / unobtrusive / or transparent image.
> --
> Bob Easton
>
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