[uf-discuss] Re: Request for help from screen reader users from the BBC

Belov, Charles Charles.Belov at sfmta.com
Wed May 28 10:21:34 PDT 2008


Hope this helps,
Charles Belov
SFMTA Webmaster

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Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 13:41:25 +0100
>From: "Alasdair King" <alasdairking at gmail.com>
>Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] Request for help from screen reader users
>	from the	BBC
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>3 Working in web accessibility leads one to mix with highly-technical
>screenreader users. They should not, I argue, be your target audience.
A highly-technical 
>JAWS user will write a script to get round ABBR problems and distribute
it to other users, or >just use the webpages for sighted people, or turn
off ABBR again. If microformats take off 
>then Freedom Scientific will make sure that script ships with JAWS
anyway, and all the 
>vendors will follow suit. I am, therefore, as a professional working in
software for vision-
>impaired people, not worried about the impact on screenreader users of
the ABBR tag, since I >think the temporary and minor disbenefits are
outweighed by the major benefits.


I am worried, because if ABBR titles are suppressed then they can't be
used for their legitimate use to expand abbreviations, and we are left
with a Gresham's Law of Attributes where nonstandard uses of attributes
drive out standard uses of attributes.

Hope this helps,
Charles "Chas" Belov
SFMTA Webmaster

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