[uf-discuss] Best practice for the abbr pattern

David Mead davidjohnmead at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 11:11:16 PDT 2007

Hi Jeremy,

Putting hyphens/dashes in between the integers sounds like a good idea
to me.  I do that for most file names that need a date, so personally
I'm on board.

I'd be really interested in seeing if this does have an impact on the
screen readers output at some point.

It's definitely worth updating the Wiki to reflect the encouragement.


On 4/27/07, Jeremy Keith <jeremy at adactio.com> wrote:
> This is another response to the WaSP post about screen reader issues
> with the abbr pattern:
> http://www.webstandards.org/2007/04/27/haccessibility/
> As I pointed out in a comment on the post, their example uses the
> condensed form of the datetime, e.g.:
> title="20070312T170000"
> This currently causes problems for screen readers as they attempt to
> read the numbers as one long string.
> However, the datetime can also be written with dashes and colons like
> this:
> title="2007-03-12T17:00:00"
> http://microformats.org/wiki/datetime-design-pattern
> Would everyone agree that, for the sake of screen reader users, we
> should update the wiki to strongly encourage this more verbose
> version of datetimes and strongly discourage the contracted version?
> Some test results can be found here:
> http://dotjay.co.uk/tests/screen-readers/date-time/#test-microformats
> Bye,
> Jeremy
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