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Re: Action item: new examples for Guideline 3.1

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 12:03:20 -0500 (CDT)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0405271158220.3242-100000@socrates.scdns.net>

> *        Example 1. A page title includes a phrase that appears in link
> text in the navigation bar.
> The phrase "Compliance checking" appears as a link in a navigation bar.
> The same phrase is included in the <title> element of the linked page,
> so users can be certain that the link has worked correctly.

What in the world is this all about? Suddenly we have to duplicate <title>
in an <a> somewhere? This is not the way to enable "users [to] be certain
that the link has worked correctly." I mean, check your URL or something,
why don'tcha?

We can use whatever title we want for a document and whatever text we want 
in a link. It's author's choice, and the author will do what he or she 
feels right. There are better and worse practices, but it is ridiculous 
to think that authors must be *forced* to use the <title> of whatever 
they're linking to. What if the destination of the link is a crappy page, 
possibly with *no* <title>?

We also have the title *attribute* for the <a> element which, along with
link text, can add much more richness and usable meaning than this
pie-in-the-sky hypothesis.


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