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Re: D-link and LONGDESC (GL type stuff)

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 09:26:12 -0700
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To: "R. Dolloff" <averil@concentric.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 12:02 a.m. 04/24/98 -0500, R. Dolloff wrote:
>Just to clarify anything I've said which may have been misunderstood by
>anyone reading posts to these lists, I do NOT support placing little Ds all
>over the place, visibly or otherwise, and for many of the same reasons as
>Kynn stated. Further, I am not 100% convinced of the necessity for an
>attribute called LONGDESC (or whatever it's ultimately called), _as I now
>understand its purpose_. In my opinion, the _word_ "D-Link" can be used in
>the same place as any other navigation hyperlink, such as "Home," "About
>Our Company," etc...and can be used that way NOW.

Yeah, I forgot to mention your choice. :)  I don't like the word
'D-Link' because, well, it doesn't mean anything.  'Home' has an
established, well-known definition within a web site; most people
learn this quickly.  'About our company' is self-descriptive.

'D-Link' means nothing.  If it said 'Page Description' or something
like that, it might make a little more sense.  'D-Link' by itself
is poor design because it's not obvious at _all_ what it's supposed
to be or how website users should use it.

So I like your idea -- but once again, I think the implementation
is not a good one, and a poor implementation will lead web authors
to simply not use it, and we all suffer from that.

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@hwg.org>
Governing Board Member, HTML Writers Guild
Education and Outreach working group member,
  Web Accessibility Initiative
Received on Friday, 24 April 1998 12:41:37 UTC

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