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Re: Accessibility, Flash and wmode


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Jul 26, 2004 6:05AM

> Hi guys... Tonight I was writing an article about Flash and JS dropdowns and
> wanted to include info about accessibility... Using the WMODE transparent,
> in most browsers, makes the Flash possible to hide when the JS menus drop
> over it. However, I can't discern what that does with screen readers. The
> only info I can find on it that has much info is at WebAIM...

WMODE="transparent" makes flash invisible to screen readers. Whether the
setting is transparent or opaque, the result is the same.

Screen readers have been getting much better at suppressing this type of
refreshing. You may be able to change the settings on the screen reader to
allow more frequent activeX refreshes and recreate the bad effect.