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RE: Does visual layout matter for screen reader users?


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Oct 25, 2005 1:20PM

Have you tried modifying the taborder? The reading order for screen
readers is derived from the tab order, so if you set the taborder for
different objects:

thisobject.tabIndex = 1;
tahtobject.tabIndex = 2;

you'll get the desired behavior without resorting to a separate version.

A keyboard-only user will not necessarily use a screen reader (most
screen reader users are keyboard users, and most keyboard users are not
screen reader users), but will certainly benefit from good tab order.