Re: html/css question

Subject: Re: html/css question
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2012 12:10:26 -0700

On 9/4/2012 11:41 AM, Char James-Tanny wrote:

If the user is using a screen reader, the image won't show up (and
there won't be any alt attribute) if it's handled through CSS.

Kevin didn't mention any screen reader issues, "the appearance of the link is a nice, big, hard-to-miss button, in all browsers. Unfortunately, it is a working link only in Chrome or Iron or Safari browsers right now. It fails in IE9, Firefox, and Opera browsers..."

I think all of those browsers will support CSS and the subject does make a CSS request. While it would be nice to accommodate *every* eventuality, sometimes, we need to support modern common denominators used by the intended audience for the web page.

The purpose of using HTML and CSS was to make a primary link stand out; it may not matter that a screen reader will not pick up an image. Images is probably not be the best route for a screen reader in this case, so an img tag in HTML will likely hinder, rather than help, the reader. Perhaps "main docs" should always be a Heading 1 or set-off in some way that the screen reader will recognize as an important link.

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