[uf-discuss] proposed title-design-pattern is not backwards compatible, too big of a change

James Craig jcraig at apple.com
Sun Apr 29 13:58:51 PDT 2007

Brian Suda wrote:

> the whole discussion begs the question about what people with
> assistive technologies ACTUALLY think? A while ago there was a whole
> report about who screen readers fail with AJAX apps, then someone
> actually ASKED some blind folks if they could navigate the site...
> they managed to do so just fine.

To what report and response are you referring? Do you have a link?

> We skirt the issue by moving data to the title attribute of
> alternative elements, how do we know screen-readers now or later won´t
> read out those as well?

The article states:

>> With custom verbosity settings, it is possible that a screen  
>> reader user may hear the text spoken in [the span]..., but that  
>> circumstance is much less likely than a fully-expanded ABBR.

Screen readers allow custom verbosity settings, so it's possible that  
someone could enable *[title] to be read, but it is less likely than  
reading abbr[title] due to the implied expansion semantics of abbr.

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