[uf-discuss] "abbr" and accessibility - a work around.

James Craig jcraig at apple.com
Mon Jun 25 12:39:20 PDT 2007

Apologies for not responding sooner. I've been working on a test case  
script for all of the possibilities listed on the assistive- 
technology-abbr-results pages, but side work always falls behind work  
work. I'm getting close, I swear. Please add this format to the list  
if you'd like us to test it, though on first glance, I don't think it  
will be any better for the sake of AT. It might actually be worse,  
because the agents that speak the title attribute node out loud would  
also speak the following text node.


Andy Mabbett wrote:

> I've been working with Great Circle Mapper to add hCard and geo
> microformats to their website. This has been done; for example on:
>   <http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gc?PATH=BHX-HKG%0D%0A%0D% 
>   (aka <http://tinyurl.com/yrlj9t>)
> and they've come up with this way of working-around recent concerns
> about mis-use of "abbr":
>   <span class="smaller geo">
>     <abbr class="latitude" title="52.453856"></abbr>52^27'14"N
>     <abbr class="longitude" title="-1.748028"></abbr>01^44'53"W
>   </span>
> (degree symbols replaced with ASCII "^")
> I admire the lateral thinking, but I wonder if this is any better,  
> from
> the PoV of people using assistive technology? If it is, it would  
> seem to
> provide a simple work-around to recent concerns.

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