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What do screen readers really say?

Sent by Holly Marie on 9 September 2003 18:06


From: "Curtis Clark"

> on 2003-09-09 03:34 Bob Easton wrote:
> > 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.
>
> Joe Clark points out in his accessibility book that skip navigation
> links are also used by sighted people with motor impairments. This
would
> argue for something large- and self-explanatory enough that a user
could
> tab to it and understand what it was intended to do.

I agree with Joe Clark on this issue. I have felt this way for a long
while, my original experience with assistive technologies were in the
areas of augmentative communication devices[for those that could read
and those that could not], and also multiple disabilities with assistive
technology devices.[these areas were way ahead of digital web technology
or wide spread access to web.]  As a matter of fact, I believe there is
a lopsided centrism view on accessibility(visual topics) and other areas
are greatly downplayed by web content deliverers. Accessibility is not
only about disabled, btw.

Think about  portable or other emerging devices which may support some
items of CSS. Accessibility items actually help in some of these areas.
A visible skip navigation or menu link would aid in helping those people
skip what could be screen loads of links to get to content more quickly.

I believe we will be seeing more about design and authoring independence
or for a wide array of devices and users in the near future.

holly





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