[uf-discuss] RFC: sHTML Video Thumbnailing

Colin Barrett timber at lava.net
Mon May 28 01:58:08 PDT 2007

On May 28, 2007, at 1:49 AM, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:

> Hmm. I think Maciej does have a strong point about interoperability  
> here. Removing the quotation punctuation with CSS does not help  
> those with user-designated styles or UAs that ignore such CSS: e.g.  
> text browsers and screen readers. The question to ask yourself is:  
> if you could not remove the quotation punctuation and layout, would  
> you still use <q> and <blockquote>? If a screen reader read (for  
> example):
> quote Dorothy encounters the Lion end quote
> That would be rather strange, wouldn't it?

I dunno, I think that might be helpful. It's semantic information that  
it's a portion of a larger document. Using a span tag as you suggest  
provides the UA with zero semantic information. I suspect having alt  
tags that just link to a video which perhaps they don't want to watch  
is annoying to people with screen readers -- although I think I would  
need a bit more data about how screen readers work and how they're  
used to really say anything else.


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