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Re: Re[2]: Include default text?

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From: Glenda
Date: Oct 23, 2004 4:27PM


Jukka, I love how you are so positive and supportive! No offense intended.

This discussion on the use of icons and the one on default text begs the
question: if "we" can't come to a consensus, how can we expect people "out
there" to understand and accept Web accessibility.

I'm still no further ahead on my initial question. Some screen readers work
fine without default text, older technology may not. Javascript is one
potential work around, but that depends on whether its enabled. But using
Javascript may confuse slow readers as the text may disappear before they
read it. Yet including default text may confuse new and inexperienced
users.

What are designers suppose to do? How can aware designers meet so many
conflicting needs? What am I missing?

Cheers,
Glenda

-----Original Message-----
From: jkorpela [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2004 2:33 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Re[2]: Include default text?



On Thu, 21 Oct 2004, glenda wrote:

> Perhaps the icon isn't for
> the blind visitor using the screen reader.

Actually few people have even suggested that - rather symptomatically.

> Perhaps its for the average AB
> user to raise awareness about Web accessibility.

Raising awareness with cryptic signs isn't really the accessible way.
And not really the real motive; the real motive is showing off.
That's human. But we're supposed to do something about such things
in order to help people with disabilities.

"WCAG 1.0" is absolute gibberish to the vast majority of people,
so it surely cannot be an accessible way of conveying a message,
still less to "raise awareness".

--
Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/

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