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Re: Technique Reducing The Need For In-Your-Face URLs

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 02:46:31 -0000
Message-ID: <00a401c080f9$0b103f00$9fa789d4@z5n9x1>
To: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
> It took me a while to figure out what "in your face" URLs are;

Hence the immediate citation:-

> > c.f. Dan Connolly's rant on this subject [1].

However, I apologise for not making that clearer. One problem with plain
text is that you have to use the space creatively; and that usually
translates as "tersely".

> Why not do it the other way around, and make the "in your face"
> URLs something which disappears for "screen" use?

I don't suppose it matters much as long as the "correct presentions are
delivered to the correct people" :-)

> (a) this isn't really an accessibility issue, at least not as pertains to
> people with disabilities [hoo boy I can feel William yelling at me
> already],

Not sure about that: I'm just replying to the basic subject raised on a WAI
list. I'll let William argue about the various philosophies of how much
this relates to PWDs if he wants to :-) I think one general point is
comprehension; if a link is just a URL, it might not give as much
information to the user as a prose title would (i.e. link text). However,
I'm just rambling about a technique for the philosophy, not the philosophy
itself.

About b): idioms are idioms, no matter where they are raised, and how much
(or not) they are set in stone. Oh, and please keep the discussion
technical.

> and (c) there are a number of cases besides printing where you
> might want to reveal a URL, such as if you expect something to
> be cut-and-pasted into email frequently and you don't want to
> lose specific URL citations.

I believe that in these cases it should be possible to use UI specific
functions that allow this (for example, right clicking in IE5 and selecting
"copy shortcut". It would be helpful if you could outline further cases
such as these.

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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