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RE: [#832] Clear link text - priority and acceptability of supplemental text

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 12:14:54 -0500 (CDT)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0406221211240.11476-100000@socrates.scdns.net>

> In stating a level 1 criterion, the ability of the UA (which is
> typically exercised already in screen readers) to transform the
> presentation of links in a list-of-links view with the aid of conditional
> content (including the 'title' attribute in particular) is to be allowed
> for in evaluating whether the data in the format meets the success
> criterion.

I strenuously object to this proposal, as I have to every variant of it.  
I'll rewrite it to say what it really means:

Jaws for Windows came up with this cool new feature of listing all the
links on a page. One or two links found here or there might not make
sense, so let's *impose* this proprietary, software-specific capability on
every author everywhere.

Do not custom-craft guidelines to cater to the deficiencies or strengths 
of any particular existing user agent.

And for the millionth time, it is flat-out nuts to imagine that pages 
should work just as well when spontaneously remixed by a tool the Working 
Group favours as when they are read in the author's intended order. 


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