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Re: text in addition to arrows for flashcard navigation?


From: Murray Inman
Date: Sep 1, 2022 9:29AM

I would suggest considering the removal of the icon and keeping the text.
Generally, only screen readers benefit from alt text images and using an
icon assumes the user has similar cultural iconography experience or has
the cognitive ability to understand the implied meaning. Whereas, keeping
the text will give all users, sighted or unsighted, a similar experience.
It also has the benefit of being available to other technologies like page
translators and browser extensions that can define words that the user
doesn't understand.

Murray Inman

Manager, Instructional Media and Accessibility

VP, Ability Maricopa Employees with Disability Advocacy Group

480-517-8561 | <EMAIL REMOVED>

RIO SALADO COLLEGE | https://riosalado.edu

2323 West 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

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the Office for Civil Rights

On Tue, Aug 30, 2022 at 1:00 PM Mike Warner < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hi all,
> we have a flashcard feature that works great and passed the
> accessibility audit from a very well-known organization. As it currently
> is, there are three columns of divs. The first column is the navigation
> for the previous card and contains an arrow icon link (with appropriate alt
> text) and a corresponding text link that says "Previous Card." The middle
> column is the card, and the right column is the navigation for the next
> slide, with the icon and text as previously described. Since the arrow
> icons have alt text, do we need the text in addition to the icons? It
> seems like the text is not needed, but I wanted to run it by this list
> before making a change to accommodate a learner.
> Thanks,
> Mike
> Mike Warner
> Director of IT Services
> MindEdge Learning
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