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RE: Netscape and screen readers


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Apr 28, 2005 9:42AM

>Harlan, Jane E.

>> WindowEyes [...] In Netscape however, it doesn't read anything past
>> the name of the document without manually using the arrow key or mouse.

I suspect the main problem could be that Netscape is not supported by
Windows Eyes (although http://www.gwmicro.com/products/index.php?prod=wereadme
mentions Mozilla).

>> Looking at my pages on the screen (with or without using WindowEyes),
>> the alt text is not visible on mouse-over in Netscape, although it is
>> in I.E..

That's actually the correct behaviour. Nowhere in the HTML specification
does it say that browsers *must* expose ALT attributes as tooltips. IE
chose to do it, but Netscape (from version 6 onwards, I think), Mozilla,
Firefox and Opera don't.

In short, you may be seeing problems where there are in fact none.

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford