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Re: Hiding password for assistive technology in MS Access databases


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Mar 20, 2017 8:09AM

In HTML terms you should simply use type="password" on the text input
field (you could add that using JavaScript after the pageloads if you
can't configure it in MS Access directly.
There have been discussions about adding an aria-password attribute
that would tell assistive technologies to announce asterisk instead of
the letter, but there are important security and privacy concerns , so
that attribute has been postponed for further discussion around the
ARIA 2.0 standard.

On 3/20/17, Dona Patrick < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi JP,
> I am not using a browser -- it opens in the MS Access program itself. I am
> not proficient enough in MS Access to know how to see what the markup is.
> The only option for me to view the login sheet/form is "form view". I will
> ask the developer.
> Thanks for the reply.
> Dona
> On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:45 AM, JP Jamous < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Dona,
>> What version of JAWS and what browser are you using? Also, what is the
>> markup of the text box that holds the password?
>> I have witnessed such a thing in the past. Ensure that there isn't a
>> hidden JavaScript or attribute that is making JAWS announce the letters.
>> Some developers do that to eliminate the use of "show Password" button.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
>> Behalf Of Dona Patrick
>> Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 8:37 AM
>> To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>> Subject: [WebAIM] Hiding password for assistive technology in MS Access
>> databases
>> I'm testing a front-end interface for an Access database that requires
>> logging in. While the password field shows asterisks to the sighted, JAWS
>> reads the characters being typed in instead of the asterisks that are
>> being
>> shown.
>> Is there a setting in MS Access to make AT announce the asterisks instead
>> of the actual password's characters?
>> Thanks,
>> Dona Patrick
>> >> >> at http://webaim.org/discussion/archives
>> >>
>> >> >> >> >>
> > > > >

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