[uf-discuss] Re: One more shot at accessible hCalendar

Belov, Charles Charles.Belov at sfmta.com
Mon May 19 11:37:39 PDT 2008

> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 17 May 2008 22:46:12 +0100
> From: Toby A Inkster <mail at tobyinkster.co.uk>
> Subject: [uf-discuss] Re: One more shot at accessible hCalendar
> To: microformats-discuss at microformats.org
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> > If the problem is 'machine readable dates get read out sometimes' I 
> > don't see how the data: prefix solves that.
> Screen readers may be configured to read out the title 
> attribute for <abbr> and <acronym>; perhaps also <a> and 
> <img>. But they don't automatically read out the contents of 
> the title attribute in the general case. The title attribute 
> on <span> or <div> or <table> or <b> or whatever will not be 
> read out -- data can safely be kept there.

The argument of whether or not screen readers are by default configured
to read out title attributes is a bit of a red herring.  As long as
screen readers *can* be configured to read out title attributes, there
is the issue that both human-friendly title attributes (having nothing
to do with microformats) and non-human-friendly ISO dates will be
exposed by the same setting.

Hope this helps,
Charles "Chas" Belov
SFMTA Webmaster

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