[uf-new] acessibility problem with currency microformats
scott at makedatamakesense.com
Wed Jul 18 16:04:31 PDT 2007
On Jul 18, 2007, at 4:38 PM, Alexandre Van de Sande wrote:
> it looks like again the currency is using a already documented
> acessibility problem of abusing the abbr tag.
> this costs <div class="money">
> <abbr class="currency" title="USD">
> <span class="amount">42.67</span>
Where do you see this? I don't find it in currency-proposal nor
currency-brainstorming. Wherever it is, I wouldn't worry about that
becoming a standard, as it doesn't make any sense.
> screen readers are taught to , when encoutering and abbr, to read
> the title instead of the content, that's why abbr was created. This
> already happens in other microformats and is an error.
I don't believe there are any microformats that encourage abbr for
non-equivalent content such as above. If you know of any, please
point them out specifically. The abbr-design-pattern 
specifically says "Avoiding using the abbr-design-pattern to re-
encode human text or to hide data." There are known issues with abbr
being used for content that doesn't read well in screen readers (e.g.
ISO dates) , but we don't yet have consensus around an
alternative, so for now, we use abbr.
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