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From: ALISTAIR DUGGIN
Date: Mar 27, 2012 6:34AM


Hi,

I have a web page that contains 2 editorial images.

These images have text descriptions that are included in the page (rather than as alt text) - eg:
Left: Joanne Hayes of USA crosses
the finish line and wins gold in the women's 100 metre hurdle final
Right: Jun Zhang, of China, dominates the mixed double badminton events


Should I try and hide the 'Left:' and 'Right:' text from screen readers by using aria-hidden="true" or is this unnecessary?

Many thanks,
Al