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Re: Redacted Text (was Strike-through Text)

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From: Morin, Gary (NIH/OD) [E]
Date: Mar 29, 2013 9:07AM


As a related item (in my mind), what recommendations or experience does anyone have in addressing "redacted" text - i.e., text that is blacked-out, such as a person's name in a legal or medical document. It doesn't come up as often as I'd expect, but the issue does surface every now and then. How would you format it in Word, PDF, html, etc.? Is the blacked-out text preserved as characters (e.g., XXXXX) or as an image with an alt-text and, if so, what alt-text is useful without becoming annoying every time it's used, which could be quite frequently in any one document.

Thanks,

Gary M. Morin, Program Analyst
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-----Original Message-----
From: David Ashleydale [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:12 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] Strike-through Text

Hi,

Have any of you ever come across an accessible solution for text with a strike-through effect applied to it? I just saw an implementation that used
"text-decoration: line-through" in the CSS, but JAWS 14 just reads the text as if nothing is different about it at all.

And I think that <strike> and <s> are deprecated in HTML 4.

Would this need to be shored up for screen reading software with some hidden text explaining that the words are struck out?

The example of this is a page that has a fee for something, but the fee is struck out and the word "Free!" is placed after it. The page author wants to show that there used to be a fee, but now it's free.

Thanks,
David Ashleydale