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RE: [action] rewite example 2 for GL 3.2

From: Gian Sampson-Wild <giansw@ifocus.com.au>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 18:33:12 +1000
Message-ID: <BB5079183D9A3844A4D8C51168F3872D467BAB@SAPPORO.ifocus.com.au>
To: <Becky_Gibson@notesdev.ibm.com>, "WCAG " <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

I think there may be a problem with this example:

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

I believe it provides information in the TITLE attribute (that the link
opens in a new window) which is (I assume) not provided elsewhere. As
Becky pointed out - this information is not read by Window Eyes or JAWS
by default and therefore this information is not available to one of the
groups of people who need it most.

Cheers,
Gian

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Subject: [action] rewite example 2 for GL 3.2


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/inde
x.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
5 Technology Park Drive
Westford, MA 01886
Voice: 978 399-6101; t/l 333-6101
Email: gibsonb@us.ibm.com
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