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From: James Gagnier
Date: Apr 30, 2003 4:12AM


Hi Rachel:

Some screen readers can expand dates depending on how they are written and
if the screen reader user has this function enabled in his setting. For
example: Jaws would read 4/29/03 as April 29, 2003. Note that not all
screen reading packages offer this capability but using this date format
would improve usability for those that do.

James


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From: "Rachel" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 9:53 PM
Subject: Date formats


We are working on a site whose users will primarily be
U.S. citizens.

We need a short way to list dates because of space
issues (as opposed to listing dates out in full, like
April 29, 2003, for example).

We currently display dates on this site in this
format:
04.29.03


I'm wondering if this is the most accessible format,
in particular for screen readers. Would 4/29/03 or
4-29-03 be considered more accessible than using
periods? Or something else?

Thanks, as always, for your insights.
Rcahel Sengers

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