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macs for the blind?

September 23, 2005

I've battled the hassle of standardized ALT tags in Mac IE 5.2 and Safari 1.0 for the past few weeks. Project specs require full ADA compliance and that includes ALT, TITLE, and header tags on everything (gah!). My pain? Mac's seem to not like ALT tags–no, no, that's not right… they don't even comprehend them. I see them in the code, I see TITLE and header tags, but not ALTs! Why?! Why Steve why?!

So, I've been querying Mac … enthusists … about this anomoly. One just admitted that he's never noticed it (and this is coming from a developer?!) and figures that since Macs are very astetically pleasing and do not have any (?) screen readers available, the functionality just isn't there.

"You buy a Mac for the UI experience–something blind individuals aren't interested in."

So, with this just fueling the fire, I continue my search for a way to ADA-comply with these poor blind, Mac users.

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  1. Anonymous
    September 24, 2005 at 6:54 am

    Ask and you shall receive, Grosshopper:

    20. Does Safari support Tool-Tips?
    Safari supports the display of floating text above elements on the page when the ‘title’ attribute is set. Some browsers may display this “tool-tip” when the ‘alt’ attribute is populated however, the ‘alt’ attribute has been created to provide information to screen reading applications for the visually impaired and be used only for such purposes. Move your mouse over the image below to see it in action.
    http://developer.apple.com/internet/safari/faq.html

    Another resource for your journeyhttp://www.w3.org/WAI/

  2. September 24, 2005 at 10:38 am

    Yep, saw that… but it seems to be ignoring it. We even loaded up http://www.apple.com and hit their site with a PC and an eMac with OS X 10.2 and the PC had the tooltips, the Mac didn’t. The settings were turned on in both browsers (IE 5.2 and Safari 1)–to no avail.

    Quite, quite, QUITE annoying.

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