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[action] rewite example 2 for GL 3.2

From: <Becky_Gibson@notesdev.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 10:52:36 -0400
To: "WCAG " <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
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Action:  update example 2 for GL 3.2 to talk about using title attribute 
on link
Proposal:  remove example 2 (as was the general consensus in the poll [1] 
and at the August 25, 2005 meeting) and update HTML Technique 9.2

Details:
At the August 25, 2005, teleconference I took an action item to propose a 
new example 2 for GL 3.2 that would talk about using the title attribute 
to indicate that a link opens in a new window.  After more research I am 
willing to remove this example since I think the use of the title 
attribute on a link is better represented as a technique.   Using a title 
will display a tooltip on mouse over of the link, which is helpful.  But, 
the JAWS and WindowEyes screen readers do not speak titles on links by 
default so I'm not sure it is a good example to use.    I do believe that 
adding a title attribute on a link to indicate that it opens in a new 
window does meet GL 3.2 L1 SC1, Any change of context is implemented in a 
manner that can be programmatically determined. [2].  Thus, I would 
propose updating the HTML Technique 9.2, Supplement link text with the 
title attribute [3], to include information about using the title to 
indicate a new window and reference GL 3.2 L1 SC1 as well as the current 
reference to GL 2.4 L2 SC4. 

Example:
<p>Read more about failed elephant evacuation: <a 
href="http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/africa/08/25/kenya.elephants.ap/index.html" 
target="_blank" title="link opens in new window">Evacuation Crumbles Under 
Jumbo load</a></p>

This is only viable in HTML 4.01 (because target attribute is removed in 
XHTML 1.0 strict)  but could also be included in an example for a 
scripting technique about creating links that open in a new window. 


[1] http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/35422/consistent-behavior0822/results
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#id4517016
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-HTML-TECHS/#a-title

Becky Gibson
Web Accessibility Architect
                                                       
IBM Emerging Internet Technologies
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Email: gibsonb@us.ibm.com
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