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What do screen readers really say?

Sent by James Craig on 9 September 2003 21:09

Austin, Darrel wrote:

> So, as for coding to standards, it really has nothing to do with screen
> readers. It certainly applies to Aural web browsers, though.

Every screen reader /should/ contain an aural browser.

Of course it has to read text in other programs too, but it most 
certainly looks at the underlying HTML code in web pages. Otherwise, a 
screen reader could not note headings or activate links. If it did not 
look at the code, it couldn't even read ALT attributes, but it does.

Web standards has everything to do with screen readers. The problem is 
that screen reader vendors don't currently follow the standards, but 
they will someday.

Related links:

  User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0

  Aural style sheets

James Craig


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