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RE: Accessibility issues on Semantic FAQ page

From: Bojars, Uldis <uldis.bojars@deri.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 19:53:16 +0100
Message-ID: <316ADBDBFE4F4D4AA4FEEF7496ECAEF94819DB@EVS1.ac.nuigalway.ie>
To: <public-sweo-ig@w3.org>
Cc: "Ivan Herman" <ivan@w3.org>

Hi All,

SemWeb FAQ entry http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/SW-FAQ#papers has a mistake -
hyperlink with text "online since 2006)" pointing to ISWC 2006 page is
not terminated before the bracket is closed. As a result most of the
text of this entry becomes a link, which was probably not originally

Also, a note about navigation of the FAQ - each question has a URI
(=permalink) like the one used above, but when a user is looking at a
particular question/answer it is not immediately clear what its URI is.
You have to go to the table of content
(http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/SW-FAQ#what), find a title of this question
in there and only then you get the URI. 

Suggestion: to add a "permalink" to each question, thus allowing to
identify it and point others to a particular question. 

I do not recall if we had those already (if so, they were removed after
the accessibility issues discussion here) but hope that Sailesh can
suggest how to do this in an accessible manner. An alternative would be
to number FAQ entries (or do both), but an easy way to find what is a
permalink of a particular FAQ entry is still useful.


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-----Original Message-----
From: public-sweo-ig-request@w3.org
[mailto:public-sweo-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Ivan Herman
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 5:38 PM
To: sailesh.panchang@deque.com
Cc: public-sweo-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Accessibility issues on Semantic FAQ page

Dear Sailesh,

I will certainly look at these issues, but there is one thing I do not
understand. On my Firefox I can certainly 'tab' to the link that says
'can expand all the questions', push return, and that would open up all
the issues. I can then tab to each question although, and you absolutely
right, the tab leads me to the 'permalink' entries and not to the

Is it a mechanism that works on Firefox only?

Thanks for your advise


Sailesh Panchang wrote:
> Refer to Semantic Web FAQ page at
> http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/SW-FAQ
> The instructions at the beginning of the FAQ suggest that  the 
> questions may be expanded to reveal the answers. But this can only be 
> done with a mouse and not from a keyboard.
> The questions appear to be marked up as h2 but are not marked up as 
> hyperlinks (anchors)  and hence cannot be tabbed to. Nor do they come 
> up in a link-list drawn up by a screen reader.
> It is only when a one mouses over an FAQ that one realizes that it can

> be clicked.
> Every question is followed by  a link whose text=permalink. The link 
> text does not uniquely convey the target of the link.
> Sailesh Panchang
> Senior Accessibility Engineer
> Deque Systems Inc. (www.deque.com)
> 11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite #140, Reston VA 20191
> Phone: 703-225-0380 (ext 105)
> E-mail: sailesh.panchang@deque.com


Ivan Herman, W3C Semantic Web Activity Lead
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