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Re: WCAG2 and vertical bars (|)


From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Date: Apr 29, 2015 2:56PM

I would think you could use the symbol visually if it's not read out as text, with its potentially confusing real meaning, such as using the vertical bar as a bullet. That's how I would do it. The W3C, however, doesn't give any "Sufficient Techniques", so we're on our own here. On the F26 Failure Criteria I cited earlier, they give a "Related Technique" of " H37: Using alt attributes on img elements". I think they are implying that you could also use an image with alt text, which is what I would consider for forward/back buttons, for instance.

Sarah E. Bourne
Director of IT Accessibility, MassIT
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108