[whatwg] The m element
mart at degeneration.co.uk
Thu Feb 8 10:23:59 PST 2007
James Graham wrote:
> Leons Petrazickis wrote:
>> They are marking the search terms with a highlighter. In an aural
>> browser, would these terms be read differently? Perhaps. Does this
>> transfer to mobile browsers? Very definitely.
> How would an auraul browser treak these terms differently? I can perhaps
> imagine some sort of generated content e.g. the foo <m>bar</m> would be
> read "the foo `begin mark` bar `end mark`" but it's not entirely
> what useful features could a general purpose UA implement if
> this semantic information is made avaliable to it?
The first thing I tend to do when I load up a Google Cache result is do
an inline find for one of my search keywords or manually scan the page
for the yellow text. Some keyboard shortcuts or on-screen buttons for
skipping back and forth between highlights would be nice.
I can't think of any use-cases for highlighting where this navigation
aid *wouldn't* be useful. After all, the purpose of highlighting is to
help your eyes locate important information more quickly; when you
express it with markup, it can help your browser to help your eyes
locate important information more quickly in a document that doesn't all
fit on-screen at once.
As for aural browsers, they too can implement the above navigation aid,
but allow the user to have the surrounding context read as well so that
it actually makes some sense, thus avoiding reading the entire document
just to locate the highlighted text.
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