Re: expanding links that won't expand

Jonathan COHN

Another way to capture a portion of a web page coding is to use the inspect element. This often shows up in the contextual menu, but not always. Although this presents a panel that is more complex than show source, it does put your cursor directly on the part of the code that you right clicked on. . Then moving up a line or two and using the application key again you can usually copy the appropriate HTML.




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Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 4:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [nvda] expanding links that won't expand

External email alert: Be wary of links & attachments.

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 02:04 PM, Sarah k Alawami wrote:

however the Canada air express site which I do not have. Has a link that might not work this way.

I keep trying to explain, and apparently to little avail, that web coding is an extremely fluid environment.  It's still in the process of actively being invented "beyond the basics" that have been around almost since the beginning.

There will be things that will not be accessible for a variety of reasons, some of which can be screen reader related and others that originate in what's being exposed to the screen reader itself.   And I expect it will continue to be this way for years, as the brilliant (and not so brilliant) young things keep coming up with new ideas in regard to how to present things on webpages.   It's going to be a game of catch-up on steroids.

But when an issue is found, if the page in question does not require one to be logged in, it makes it so much easier when the page address, as well as identification of the troublesome element, is offered.   I thank you again for having been so explicit in doing both.  It made actually helping you possible.  

It's also sometimes possible, like this time, to make sense of what's going on if the page source code is provided in those instances where the page is one after a point where you've logged in.  Page source code does not contain any of the information you've entered on a form, for instance, but is the HTML code used to present that page to you, the end user.  If that "Your Account" control had been behind a login, you could still use your web browser's Show Source command to have the HTML source code for the page opened up in a different tab.  If that's then copied and pasted into an MS-Word document, and you can identify the control label where you're getting stuck, if that can be found and the object type deciphered there might be a workaround.  By the way, in Chromium-based browsers the Show source keyboard shortcut for the web page you're viewing is CTRL+U, and you cannot have focus in a text box or other control when you issue that command.  CTRL+U also works in Firefox.  A web search on "show page source" with the name of the browser you're using, if it's not one already mentioned, should turn up the keyboard shortcut for that given browser.


Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363  

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