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Re: What is accessible text for representing a time of day?


From: Jennifer Sutton
Date: Mar 27, 2017 2:19PM

In my view, both as a screen reader user and as someone who works with
developers, this is not a concern/an issue.

Please write your times as you normally would, and trust screen reader
users to handle their part of the "accessibility contract. It is our
responsibility to "mind" our screen reader and check, character by
character, if we are confused for some reason.

Thank you for your concern, as so many on this list always seem to be,
but screen reader users have bigger fish to fry than pronunciation
issues, even if that seems to be what sighted folks focus on.

In my experience, assuring functionality, rather than a high standard of
pronunciation (which can vary across screen readers and by user
settings) is *far* more important.


On 3/27/2017 12:15 PM, Jeremy Echols wrote:
> We have building hours listed on a page, and right now they say things like "9am-6pm". This sounds really confusing in NVDA - "9am" seems to be read as "9 ammeters" in some cases (but not all, oddly). I have tried various ways outputs, such as "9 a.m." and "9 AM", but I keep getting it read wrong.
> I know one rule of working with screen readers was to avoid trying to force pronunciation, so I feel like there must be a better way to create times that make sense to everybody without spelling out "Nine o'clock in the morning until six o'clock in the evening". But for the life of me I can't find it. Help!
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