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


From: Jeremy Echols
Date: Mar 27, 2017 3:42PM

Jennifer, thanks for the input. I was really only worried about figuring out pronunciation if I was missing some obvious, semantic way to do this. When I ask NVDA for the current time, for instance, it reads it just fine, so I figured I must be doing something wrong.

Kevin: I'd love to go with military time, personally. It's just so much more straightforward. Pretty sure I won't convince the world anytime soon, though :)

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Of course you could use the 24 clock as railways and military have for years. I've never understood the confusion people have with nor the attachment to am And pm. (Said tongue firmly in cheek as I remain personally in favour of imperial over metric for most everyday transaction -YMMV)


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> On 28/03/2017, at 9:19 AM, Jennifer Sutton < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> 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.
> Jennifer
>> 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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