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Re: Accessibility Observations

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From: Mark Rew
Date: Feb 27, 2002 5:32AM


Raleigh,

If you have an example of a page using CSS for multiple column layout in stead
of tables I would like to test accessing it with my Jaws 4.0. If you send me
a reference please include the url in the e-mail body.

thanks
Mark Rew
----- Original Message -----
From: "Raleigh Way" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2002 5:43 PM
Subject: Re: Accessibility Observations


> Hi Peter,
>
> You have hit on something I don't know the answer to. I know what to
> expect if I design a Web page with columns much like a news paper.
> The newer screen readers are capable of reading down each column as
> intended. If I use CSS to create a visual layout of "boxed" text,
> how does a screen reader handle that? Let me explain a little
> further. If I use tables for layout, and I create, say 3 columns of
> text on the page, I know that newer SRs (screen readers) can navigate
> into and down each column. If I create the same visual layout, i.e.,
> "columns" using CSS, do the new screen readers treat the CSS boxes
> the same? I haven't tested this yet.
>
> Thanks for your input,
>
> Raleigh
>
> > > The answer I keep coming back to is
> >> linearity. I've surfed a lot of sites designed for people with
> >> disabilities, e.g., schools for the blind, and the one thing that I
> >> notice is that the sites are linear. By linear design, I mean
> >> left-to-right layout of text to accommodate older screen readers.
> >
> >You do realise you can use CSS to have linear design for screen readers and
> >all the boxes you like for visual browsers right?
> >Peter
> >
> >
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