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Hiding presentational text from a screen reader


From: Steve Green
Date: Mar 27, 2012 11:07AM

I would not worry about hiding the odd word here or there because it won't
make any difference in real terms. Screen reader users are generally used to
ignoring anything that doesn't make sense. Hiding text could actually
confuse sighted screen reader users so I would be wary of doing so under any

Steve Green
Managing Director
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-----Original Message-----
Sent: 27 March 2012 16:18
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Hiding presntational text from a screen reader

Thanks Jared,

I was thinking that it may be unnecessary aural clutter for a screen reader
users. A sighted user needs to be able to associate the text with one of the
two images on the page whereas I was thinking a screen reader user wouldn't
need to.=A0 Thinking about it further though it could be helpful to a sight=
screen reader user.


From: Jared Smith < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 14:59
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Hiding presntational text from a screen reader

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 6:34 AM, ALISTAIR DUGGIN
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> Should I try and hide the 'Left:' and 'Right:' text from screen readers by
using aria-hidden=3D"true" or is this unnecessary?

I'd think that if you expect this content to be read and useful to any
users, then it's not really presentational at all and should not be hidden.

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