[whatwg] [HTML5] Accessibility question

Paul Waring pwaring at gmail.com
Mon Mar 17 13:07:52 PDT 2008

On 17/03/2008, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals at opera.com> wrote:
> Bad assumption - they don't read it out. They read what is put on the
>  screen. (Well, sort of - what they actually do is parse the DOM themselves
>  quite often, as well). One reason for this is that a lot of authors put
>  stuff there "for screen reader users" that just adds to the clutter on
>  their page - an easy mistake if you're not used to what screen readers are
>  actually like to work with.

Ah, it would appear that screen readers have got a bit more advanced
since the last time I looked into them (which admittedly was some time
ago) - back then I think many of them still read out 'hidden' text.

>  In my ideal world, people would actually implement the aural style, but I
>  think we are the biggest implementation of that and we only do it on
>  windows for the voice plugin :(

If there is already something which does this then, is there really a
need for a <noview> element?


Paul Waring

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