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Re: technique to overcome meaningful link text

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lguarino@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 07:43:04 -0800
To: David MacDonald <befree@magma.ca>, WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BFED0A88.6FB5%lguarino@adobe.com>
As a technique, I don¹t really like this much. Images of text can¹t satisfy
lots of UA requirements for text, like the ability to resize the text or
control the font used.

Fundamentally, though, I get the sense that the group is converging on
requiring meaningful link text, directly associated with the link, not in
its  surrounding context. We would opt for having a verbose reading of the
links as the page is being read (which is what would happen with this

In that case, shouldn¹t we recommend using the title of the link to specify
the complete text? (In PDF, we can provide Alt text for the link, but we
need an HTML technique, too). AT would need to provide an option to use the
title text in lists of links, to make this most effective.


On 1/12/06 4:06 PM, "David MacDonald" <befree@magma.ca> wrote:

> I think this technique (below) could also be used for single word links like
> ³more² and ³click here² in those instances when one word links might be
> appropriate. 
> If this is ok with the group I think we could overcome the ³justified²
> exceptions for meaningful links.
> This is a proposed technique for how to create meaningful link text for SC
> 2.4.5. when there is an array of links to multiple versions of the same
> content. I hope this overcomes the exception for arrays of links.
> 1)       Create images of text that say ³HTML², ³PDF², ³XML² etc.
> 2)       Create links from the images of text to the corresponding documents.
> 3)       Create ³alt text² using meaningful descriptions of the corresponding
> destinations for each of the images.
> I think the technique could also be written in a non-technology specific
> format.
> Regards
> David MacDonald
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