[uf-discuss] Potential accessibility spin-off from hCard

John Allsopp john at westciv.com
Sat Oct 7 13:33:47 PDT 2006


> On an accessibility mailing list, someone asked:
>> Is there a way to make the screen reader know that a number is
>> a phone number or street address so it reads 2-9-1-6 instead of
>> 2,916?
> To which I have replied (in part):
>         You can mark up a phone number (indeed, a whole address) using
>         semantic hCard microformat markup:
>                 <http://microformats.org/wiki/hcard>
>         Hopefully, in time, the authors of screen readers and similar
>         software will include recognition of that standard.

At Web Directions http://webdirections.org last week, Derek  
Featherstone talked about the potential benefits of ufs for  
accessibility right long these lines, and even did an aural tails- 
like mockup of how a screen reader might read content for a page with  
hCards and hCalendar content. It was pretty exciting stuff - the  
podcast should be online soon


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