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Re: QBullets (was: Accessible HTML slideshows)

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 14:56:51 -0500
Message-Id: <199807071957.OAA29040@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I think that using rel and type can be powerful tools in improving the
accessibility of WWW pages.  The use of rel could be used to indicate a
D-Link or navigation link for example.
Jon


At 10:44 AM 7/2/98 -0700, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
>At 09:38 a.m. 07/02/98 -0700, Jules Graybill wrote:
>>And, more directly applicable to the topic of the list, Matterform Media has
>>also developed and promoted QBullets -- small graphical icons that represent
>>the purpose of all of the links on a web page.  Used correctly, they allow a
>>website visitor to distinguish links to, say, a graphic from links to an
>>html page, a mailto link, etc. without having to (as is the traditional
>>method) roll over the link and try to decipher the text in the status bar,
>>or just try the link and see what happens.
>>http://www.matterform.com/qbullets/
>>An interesting approach, I think.
>
>Aie, no ALT tags, and no bullet for d-links.
>
>A somewhat interesting approach; I'd rather see this as something
>done in-browser though rather than with a small set of icons which
>aren't standardized.  (In other words, I want to be able to go to
>Opera's preferences and select 'show link-content symbols', and
>wow, they appear, with the same graphics on every page displayed
>by my web browser.)
>
>This could be accomplished by using both type= and rel= (valid
>HTML 4.0, yay!) to indicate the type of link.  This has the
>additional advantage of being more accessible than a graphical
>solution -- if a browser will support it.
>
>--
>Kynn Bartlett <kynn@hwg.org>
>Vice President, Marketing and Outreach, HTML Writers Guild
>  http://www.hwg.org
>Education & Outreach working group member, Web Accessibility Initiative
>  http://www.w3.org/WAI/
> 
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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