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Re: Interactive Glossary


From: Smith, Jennifer (GSL)
Date: Jul 7, 2010 4:48PM


I completely agree, which I why I'm asking the list to see if anyone has
a creative solution that would allow me to provide all users access to
the definitions of the words used in the project.

Thanks for providing me with excellent reasons to share as to why I
can't create the type of "Interactive Glossary" they are thinking of.


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To start with, what does "hover" mean for users who don't use a mouse?

Once you've defined that, then you need to address the issues of
screenreaders (do you have the freedom to assume only WAI-ARIA-compliant
browser/screenreader combinations?) and users who browse the web

Additionally, there is a universal design issue (which is also going to
affect people with limited vision and cognitive disabilities) that
trying to make web browsers behave in unexpected ways doesn't work well
for anybody. Web users don't expect hovering to give them a definition,
and it's bad practice (again, both from a universal design perspective
and from a cognitive disability practice) to try to reinvent the way
browsers work.