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Re: [#899] Separate links with printable characters

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 21:37:41 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0409072135030.20183@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> I still maintain that adjacent links that happen to appear on a line 
> break

which will vary by font size, resolution, window width, choice of browser, 
and other factors

> is impossible to determine without further inspection such as navigating 
> to the links with a key board, or hovering over the link with a mouse, 
> unless you happening to be using an assistive device which will expose 
> the links for you.

Yeah, but it doesn't matter. You click one or the other or both. Big deal.

> Because of the number of variables in output, it would be impossible for 
> a content developer to asce rtain for definite that two adjacent links 
> would not occur at a line break in f ree flowing text, so I would like 
> to see this guideline kept in WCAG 2.

It was and will forevermore be a user-agent issue. Any sequence of 
characters delimited with <a href=""> and </a> is unambiguously a link. 
The Web author has used the specification correctly. It's not the author's 
problem that some imaginable but rare edge case would make two links hard 
*but not impossible* to distinguish.

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