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Re: mandatory Meta elements


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Jul 30, 2012 8:11AM

In a non-English speaking country/website, adding the lang element to
the header is all important for screen readers, else the screen reader
stats trying to read the page with an English TTS engine regardless of
the language.
This has become my #1 tip for quick fixes for foreign (non-English)
websites, so please keep its importance in mind. I am sure French
speaing Canadians may be a tad unhappy about how their English screen
reader tries to read french websites. ;)

(I know users can, and often should, turn off their language detection
in their screen reader, but most users are not expert and do not even
realize they can do this, I have had countless complaints of
inaccessible website, just for this reason alone).

On 7/27/12, Jukka K. Korpela < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> 2012-07-27 21:10, Duff Johnson wrote:
>> How can omitting the character set be conforming?
> The character encoding ("charset" parameter) can and should be specified
> at the transfer protocol level, in HTTP headers. And this isn't really
> an accessibility issue, primarily; if the encoding information is not
> supplied, or it is incorrect, things may go wrong in general, not just
> in accessibility.
> Yucca
> > > >