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What do screen readers really say?

Sent by The Moose on 9 September 2003 14:02


> 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.

Allo,

Isn't [speak: normal;] designed to override [display: none;] for screen 
readers? I just wonder...

> 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.

No, that is not entirely true. Please see:

http://www.speakthis.com/highlights.cfm?highlight=aural&name=Aural%20Style%20Sheet%20Support

This thing *converts* pages...

Whether it is used, and how widely, is *another matter*, but in any event 
a minimal core subset of aural css is supported by something else than 
Emacspeak. Your comments are of course valid for all popular screen 
readers...

There is a BRUTAL, albeit nondestructive solution to this problem, I 
think: force the BLOCK display for a given navigation list item and set 
width (and height?) to ZERO with an addition of !important. This hides the 
skiplink thingamajig for all sighted users, and preserves readability for 
all others.

I think...

Wojtek

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