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SC 2.4.5, meaningful link text

From: David MacDonald <befree@magma.ca>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 17:30:29 -0500
Message-Id: <200512272230.jBRMUUVe031796@mail2.magma.ca>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
This is a response to the editorial note asking for comments, in
"Understanding WCAG" Doc, How to Meet Success Criterion 2.4.5" . 


The note gives an example of when meaningful link text might not be
desirable. I agree with this example. When there are several links to
different versions of the same document it is perhaps not desirable to have
meaningful link text. On the other hand, there is a strong sentiment among
screen reader users that I polled when doing some research for this issue,
that meaningful link text is extremely important. There is a good case to be
made that giving screen readers meaningful link text is compensating for
something that sighted users do naturally, skim through links. The screen
reader users I polled think this is a very important issue.


I suggest something like the following:


"Provide meaningful link text, unless the link is part of an array of links
to different versions of the same document."  


Happy New Year


David MacDonald 


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            .barriers disable them.


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