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From: Jim Thatcher
Date: Nov 15, 2001 12:06AM
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From: WebAIM forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]On Behalf Of Leo Smith
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2001 11:07 AM
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Subject: 508 Checkpoint L
I am presently working on a collaborative effort to produce a set of 508 tutorials/guidelines for folks in the University System where I work.
I have almost finished writing my contribution, but am a little confused over some of the access-boards wording with regard to this checkpoint.
"......When authors do not put functional text with a script, a screen reader will often read the content of the script itself in a meaningless jumble of numbers and letters. Although this jumble is text, it cannot be interpreted or used. For this reason, the provision requires that functional text, that is text that when read conveys an accurate message as to what is being displayed by the script, be provided."
My common sense tells me that what they are saying is that when a script is used to present information on the screen to the user, such as rollovers that provide more information about the destination of a link, that such information is also provided in a text format that can be read by assistive technologies.
I would appreciate any and all input.
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University of Southern Maine
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