[uf-discuss] Request for help from screen reader users from the
fberriman at gmail.com
Thu May 22 09:14:50 PDT 2008
On 22/05/2008, Alasdair King <alasdairking at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> I cant see why we cant accept the hAccessibility solution and be done
> >> with it and just use a <span>, I believe most screen readers are not set
> >> up to read out loud the @title on a span by default.
> > Has anyone tested this in various screen readers? If not, on what basis
> > would we accept it?
> >From the BBC page linked:
> "We've looked at quite a few screen readers out of the box and by
> default they don't expand abbreviation elements so the user still
> hears 19:30 not 2008-05-15T19:30:00+01:00."
> I infer that they've tested the screenreaders, they're just worried
> there are lots of blind people who have turned on ABBR, and the BBC is
> a big, sensitive target. I know blind people are more annoyed about
> the lack of audio descriptions in iPlayer, but there'll be some
> uber-geek screenreader user in a well-off advocacy group who'll
There has been some testing, that will hopefully be published soon,
but it's not definitive (since there's not much data on how most SR
users have their setups). That's all :)
> People who have problems will be the subset of users who (use a
> screenreader) AND (have a screenreader that supports ABBR) AND (have
> turned on abbreviation elements) AND (come across hCalendar ABBR
> elements) AND (find this one thing the biggest headache in using the
> site.) Why not just offer to buy both those people a beer to make up?
Beer solves a lot, but unfortunately, it's not that viable this time.
> I'll mail my screenreader-using friends and ask them to respond anyway.
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