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Comment LC-1056

From: Gian Sampson-Wild <gian@tkh.com.au>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 01:41:07 +1000
To: "'Loretta Guarino Reid'" <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: <public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org>
Message-ID: <006b01c7bfe4$14dac9c0$b300a8c0@tkhcomputer>

Comment 34:

Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/000901c69538$2e394450$f4c9b23a@tkhcomputer
(Issue ID: LC-1056)

2.4.4 & 2.4.8: 2.4.8 should move to Level 1 and replace 2.4.4. People who
use screen readers often navigate through a page by tabbing from link to
link and therefore can determine the content on the page. Allowing for link
text to not describe the target of the link means that these users will find
it difficult to navigate.

Proposed Change:

Move to Level 1 and delete 2.4.4

Response from Working Group:

SC 2.4.8 is at level AAA because of the potential usability problems
introduced by requiring that the link text alone be sufficient. For
instance, in a table of links, repeating the table header information in
each cell makes the table much more difficult to use.

The basic requirement that assistive technology be able to determine the
purpose of the link is covered by SC 2.4.4. This success criterion has been
moved to level A.
Response from GSW:
I don't believe it is the WG's responsibility to determine usability issues.
This issue you cite could be avoided by a different layout or design and
should not be used as a reason why such an important requirement is
relegated to the highest level.
Received on Friday, 6 July 2007 15:41:32 UTC

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