Re: Annoyed by stupidity

Dave Grossoehme

Bryan you hit it on the head.  They have seen the wording of a screen reader or have been shown what to code but that's where their knowledge ends.  However, this code could be submitted by an application that helps code a web page.


On 12/12/2022 11:37 AM, Brian Vogel wrote:

On Mon, Dec 12, 2022 at 11:28 AM, Don H wrote:
This is why I think either web pages who use accessibility overlays should have a option to turn them off or screen readers need to be able to hide themselves.
I absolutely agree, and the issue you describe was brought up recently, somewhere else, by someone else I believe.  This one was one of those jaw-droppingly stupid things I could not believe that anyone with two firing neurons could believe would make numeric data easier to deal with.

But accessibility overlays are their own version of hell.  At least what's going on at The Nation is a good faith effort to replicate by audition the same cueing that occurs by vision for the sighted.  That doesn't make it not overkill or any less annoying, but it's quite clear to me looking at the page visually, and the page source, what it is that they intend to accomplish.  If their intentions do not result in greater accessibility, sending feedback to that effect is definitely the thing to do.  Most of the folks who are coding these webpages (or, probably more accurately, writing the code that in turn actually churns out the HTML for these webpages) are sighted, have never used a screen reader, and have to "best guess" at what will most likely work best.  They will get it wrong at times, but give credit for a very clear effort to make things accessible and in a clear consistent, if overly verbose, way.

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045

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