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Re: Vertical text


From: James A.
Date: Jan 20, 2020 3:04PM


I agree this would be a significant barriers for many people and it's also unlikely to work with many text to speech tool. Would it fail Meaningful Sequence? Personally, I would be looking very carefully at 1.4.10 Reflow and whether " without requiring scrolling in two dimensions" was met as well as 1.4.12 Text spacing. If the client is based in Europe and Australia, I would also be stressing the functional requirements of the EN 301 549 standards which underpin the laws (although this is not normative language within the standards).

So far this use case has not been discussed for any 2.2 new success criteria. The closest discussion I am aware of is within the COGA group where we have discussed requirements for ensuring text to speech read aloud content correctly and that text is presented clearly. But these requirements are heading for supporting documentations as they are difficult to make into testable success criteria.

There is plenty of research and guidance that makes reference to direction and align format of text affecting reading for people with dyslexia and cognitive difficulties. The British Dyslexia Association Style Guide (http://bit.ly/BDA-style) has always recommended left aligned text and avoid columns.

Best wishes


Dr Abi James
Principle Accessibility Consultant, AbilityNet
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Southampton
BDA New Technologies Committee

-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of glen walker
Sent: 20 January 2020 19:46
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Vertical text

The closest I can get is 3.1 Readable but it's a stretch to apply 3.1.5 to it since it's more concerned about the actual words rather than the orientation. You might be able to argue that "When text requires reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level" that the ability to read vertical text requires a higher ability, but you'd have to be pretty convincing. It's also AAA so might be a moot point if your client is only concerned with AA.

On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 2:17 PM Steve Green < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> I am testing a website that is using the CSS transform property to
> rotate the captions for images by 90 degrees. The captions only
> contain 3 or 4 words, but they are quite important.
> As far as I can tell, this does not violate any WCAG success
> criterion, but my view is that it will present a significant barrier
> to some people. I experience a significant cognitive load when trying
> to read the captions, so I am sure people with dyslexia and other
> cognitive impairments will find it even more difficult.
> The client is only interested in WCAG compliance, so I won't be able
> to get this changed unless it clearly violates a success criterion.
> If it's not a non-compliance now, does anyone know if it's being
> considered for WCAG 2.2?
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