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From: Julius Charles Serrano
Date: Mar 29, 2012 5:47PM


Hi all.

What is the best way to ensure that pages using Smart Tags are accessible?

This is an example of a page using smart tags:
http://www.health.govt.nz/yourhealth-topics/diseases-and-illnesses/heart-disease/angina

As seen on the page, when you click on one of the smart tags, "symptoms"
for example, a new section of information about symptoms would appear.
This event will hide the previous section.

I realize that it may be difficult for screen reader users to perceive
at once the change that will take place when they click one of the smart
tags.

I'd like to know your thoughts on how we can make this more perceivable
and accessible.

I'm thinking of two ways:
1. Provide textual information about the smart tags and how they work
2. Create a way where, when the user presses enter on one of the
smart tags, the focus will be sent automatically at the beginning of the
corresponding section.

Any other suggestions?

Julius

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Julius Charles Serrano
Accessibility Specialist
Catalyst IT Ltd
http://www.catalyst.net.nz