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Aural stylesheets
Some questions about screenreaders

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Msg#: 3409378 posted 10:24 am on Jul 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am trying to understand the aural/speech compatibilities of browsers, but the info I find on the net is either old or contradicting. So does anyone know the answer to the following questions please?

1) Do JAWS and Windows-eyes load the aural stylesheets when reading a web site in IE7, FF2, O9?

2) Disregarding the property differences between CSS2 and CSS3, what would be best practice for future compatibility:
- <link ... media="aural, speech"> or:
- <link ... media="aural"> <link ... media="speech">



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Msg#: 3409378 posted 6:04 pm on Jul 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi Bert,

I have nary a clue, but you looked so lonely, standing out here unanswered, that I figured I'd post something I posted a couple of days ago:


It's a Yahoo Blog movie, but I don't know if it gets technical enough to answer your questions.

You would probably be best served asking the staff of the companies that make these.


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Msg#: 3409378 posted 8:44 pm on Aug 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

I tried some css for jaws and it paid no attention to it. I didn't do that much testing, so I can't say whether or not it it does. But I couldn't get it to pause change volume or anything exciting. Shall have to play another time.

As for question 2. Your asking whether its better to use a single style sheet for each media type or have both in one style sheet. If you ignore the property difference then whats the difference? You would either remove a whole tag or just remove the media value. Thats if I inderstand what your asking ;)


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Msg#: 3409378 posted 2:11 pm on Aug 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thank you both. I actually sent an e-mail to GW microtech (window eyes) and I got this answer from them:

Screen readers don't support aural stylesheets. One of the biggest reasons is because it takes speech control away from the speech user, which is akin to having someone
turn a sighted person's monitor upside down, and invert the colors, without asking permission. In addition, there has been no user demand for aural stylesheet support,
so we simply haven't invested the resources into supporting them.

As for my second question, I just wanted to know if media="aural, speech" would break in the future because the 'aural' keyword will become deprecated. But it seems the question is academic.

But this information raises another question which I will post in a new thread [webmasterworld.com].

(I am also wondering why W3C puts so much effort in aural/speech development if there is no demand for it?)

[edited by: Bert36 at 2:23 pm (utc) on Aug. 2, 2007]

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