Screen reader compatability

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23 Mar, 2009 06:17 PM


We've just had our first bug with our site regarding compatibility with screen-readers and apparently (when posting the bug report) our user had trouble with some of your links and buttons.

She specifically mentioned the "Post issue" button lacking any kind of alternate text, which would be an easy change but crucial for screen-reader users.

Cheers, Thomas.

  1. 1 Posted by rick on 23 Mar, 2009 11:37 PM

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    What screen reader? We haven't done a lot of testing on this, but it is something we keep in mind. For instance, we use the <button> tag:

    <button type="submit" class="gbutton btn-post_issue" name="resolve_button" value="resolve">Comment &amp; Resolve</button>

    It seems like screen readers should be able to yank the text out of that without any issues. Kyle said he was going to try adding an alt attribute if that helps.

  2. 2 Posted by thomas on 23 Mar, 2009 11:57 PM

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    Yeah we'd done minimal testing too and were just fortunate that the majority of our site worked!

    Apparently they were using VoiceOver in leopard and had to get someone to help out when they were submitting the tender request to us.

    I'll suggest she gets in touch as I'm just being a particularly useless middle-man at this point!

    Cheers, Thomas.

  3. 3 Posted by rick on 24 Mar, 2009 12:40 AM

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    Ah, I've never tried voiceover before... rad. I was able to tab to Post issue/topic on a new discussion form, and reading the whole page properly identified it as a button.

  4. 4 Posted by rick on 24 Mar, 2009 12:41 AM

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    Ah I'll mark this resolved and wait for "her" to get involved.

  5. rick closed this discussion on 24 Mar, 2009 12:41 AM.

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