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Re: ALL CAPS- Recomendation


From: Jeremy Echols
Date: Jan 21, 2022 2:42PM

Also depends on the all-caps text. Sometimes words will be read as if they were acronyms, depending on a variety of heuristics. When I capitalize "is" mid-sentence, NVDA likes to pronounce the letters "I" and "S" rather than treat it as a word with any emphasis. e.g., "Jeremy IS here today".

Depending on the surrounding context and how "smart" the screen reader is trying to be, you can get annoying results. Probably not the worst thing you can do, but I agree with Lisa - you should limit use of all caps as much as possible.

I still do not understand why designers love to throw all-caps in so many places. It's like they forgot we have bold, italics, and font sizes when we want visual callouts (e.g., table headers, page titles, etc.)

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From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of L Snider
Sent: Friday, January 21, 2022 13:26
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] ALL CAPS- Recomendation

Hi Radhika,

I always advise clients to limit the use of ALL CAPS. It is harder to read for everyone, but people with low vision, who don't use screen readers, have a difficult time with it.



On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 5:20 PM Radhika Soni < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Happy Friday!
> I just wanted to know if it is ok to use ALL CAPS for some of the
> content while designing the website. I know, it is not a good practice
> to use ALL CAPS , as it can cause readability issues.
> As I have seen that NVDA and VO do read all caps as words instead of
> letters, even when they are not *CSS* styled using *text-transform:*
> But not sure if all the screen readers read capital letters as words
> or not?
> Looking forward to hearing from you about your thoughts if any screen
> reader would cause any issue.
> Regards,
> -Radhika
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