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Comment LC-1080

From: Gian Sampson-Wild <gian@tkh.com.au>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 18:39:23 +1000
To: "'Loretta Guarino Reid'" <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: <public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000101c7bbbb$57de8db0$b300a8c0@tkhcomputer>

Comment 56:

Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/001f01c695f9$31b504e0$9288b23a@tkhcomputer
(Issue ID: LC-1080)

Add failure: Add a failure where the default underline is removed from
linked text - therefore links are only differentiated from normal text
through colour alone

Proposed Change:

I am happy to create this failure

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Response from Working Group:
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The committee agrees that underlined links are important when they are part
of a sentence or paragraph or other area where they could be mistaken as
non-linked text.

However, there may be good reasons to remove underlining when the link is
part of a navigation bar, site map, table of contents or other navigation
structure that contains many links together. In cases where it is clear that
all text is linked, the removal of the underlines would make less clutter
and therefore could help some people with cognitive disabilities. Also there
are instances where low vision or users with cognitive disabilities find
that underlines inhibit accessibility and some users have asked us to allow
webmasters to use some other visual non-colour clue apart from underlines
for links. Therefore, we have provided the following failure:

F73: Failure of SC 1.4.1 due to creating links that are not visually evident
without color vision http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-WCAG20-TECHS-20070517/#F73
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Response from GSW:
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Thank you for addressing my comment
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