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Re: redundant text links

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 15:44:44 -0500 (EST)
To: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@acm.org>
cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.04.9901061538230.13-100000@tux.w3.org>
The discussion took place in mid November - what I think ought to be a
reasonable solution, but violates the HTML DTD (which, for some reason
does not allow A elements and AREA elements in the same map) is given in
The basic idea is to put both kinds of element in a MAP at the end of a
document, and allow the use of CSS to suppress the display of the MAP's A
elements. In a vaguely insensitive browser they display AND provide ALTs
for the imagemap. If MAP is properly implemented in the future then a
simpler solution could eventually be used, which was in line with the
current DTD. 

(Note for Gregg/Chuck - I think that the GL group should ask HTML-WG
whether there is a good reason why MAP can't have both kinds of content.)


On Wed, 6 Jan 1999, Leonard R. Kasday wrote:

  I just noticed (sorry didn't notice it earlier) something about the
  recommendation for redundant text links
  It shows the links as <A> links inside a <MAP> element so that they are
  only displayed if the image map is not displayed.
  But what if a person has 
  - a browser that shows the image map, 
  - but a screenreader that is looking for ALT attributes of <AREA> tags for
  the ALT text? 
  The user of that setup will see no text at all.
  So I think you need to include the classic redundant text tags, just
  ordinary text links outside the context of <MAP>.  
  I like the idea of automatically showing text links when images are off...
  but I think that feature is already implied by the user agent guidelines: see
  (please copy me if there's a discussion.  I'm not on the GL list).
  Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
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  Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering
  Temple University
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