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Re: Link to list of browsers with <link>support

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2003 07:16:20 -0500 (EST)
To: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Cc: ishida@w3.org, "WAI GL (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.55.0311080701050.5027@homer.w3.org>

From a document published in May 1999 called "Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines"... <grin/>

13.1 Clearly identify the target of each link
11.3 Provide information so that users may receive documents according to
their preferences (e.g., language, content type, etc.)

the specific attribute in question is hreflang - describing the language to
which a link points (in case that can't be deduced by being the same as the
language of the document with the link in it).
 -- http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/links.html#adef-hreflang

This is already a technique listed in the Authoring techniques for XHTML
authoring - http://www.w3.org/TR/i18n-html-tech/#ri20030218.131136136 - do we
have a way of including their techniques directly in our document?

Implementation is indeed weak, but as with identifying accesskeys it can be
done in CSS:

:link:before[hreflang] { content: attr(hreflang) }

or more specific rules to put a little flag (according to whatever flag you
think is appropriate for a language - see the long argument on IG about the
use of flags to identify languages...) for a specific language, etc.

Extending this with annotea to provide a note that there are translations of
a linked resource might be an interesting technique - whether for
accessiblity or i18n.



On Fri, 7 Nov 2003, John M Slatin wrote:

>For what it's worth, I just went to follow the link (under 2.4) to the
>list of browsers that support the <link> element. The destination page
>is in German (the good news is that it uses the lang attribute, so JAWS
>actually pronounced the German).  It would be a good idea, I think, to
>warn people know when links point to pages in languages that are not the
>same as the language of the current page.  Hmmm, we may need to ad this
>one to WCAG as well (under 3.1 or 3.2 or whatever).
>"Good design is accessible design."
>Please note our new name and URL!
>John Slatin, Ph.D.
>Director, Accessibility Institute
>University of Texas at Austin
>FAC 248C
>1 University Station G9600
>Austin, TX 78712
>ph 512-495-4288, f 512-495-4524
>email jslatin@mail.utexas.edu
>web http://www.utexas.edu/research/accessibility/

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