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Re: asterisks and footnotes

From: iris <iristopa@excite.com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 08:51:02 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <8725547.990028262969.JavaMail.imail@pugsly.excite.com>
To: W3c-Wai-Ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
no, they are not references that can go at the bottom of the page.  no, they
are not glossary terms.  no, i didn't write the content and don't want to
change it too much since it's an academic research paper.  

there are several tables of courses on this page, title of course, length of
course and attendance. there's an asterisk next to some course titles and a
note below the table ('this course was run in liaison with...'), which means
several items refer to this note.  i can't put it with the references at the
bottom of the page because linking back wouldn't be possible (several
items).  it would all become clear if you had a look at the page:
http://www.demos.ac.uk/project/docs/0103.html

maybe i'm overdoing it a bit, trying to get this accessible?

iris

On Wed, 16 May 2001 10:38:09 -0400 (EDT), Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>  If these are in fact glossary references (it sounds like it) then a link
is a
>  good idea.Especially if that is made clear by including the attribute
>  rel="glossary" in the link.
>  
<snip>
>    At 04:49 2001-05-16 -0700, iris wrote:
>    >hi everyone
>    >
>    >i'm just marking up a document with several occurences of asterisks
after
>    >words in data table cells which lead to a brief explanation or
additional
>    >info that couldn't fit into the data cell but is placed underneath the
table
>    >(a footnote basically).  i was wondering how to make that accessible.
>    >
>    >should i put an abbr or acronym tag  or span/title around the asterisk
and
>    >put the explanantion in there?  what if the explanation is really
long,
>    >won't that be confusing.  also, it would be repetitive, since the user
would
>    >then come across it twice, because it's still underneath the table for
the
>    >sighted users.  it would basically get read out twice by a
screenreader.
>    >
>    >with references at the bottom of documents i normally link to the
reference
>    >and then from there back to the text, but that seems a bit overkill
here.
>    >and confusing again.
>    >
>    >or maybe i should put title="additional info after table" in a tag
around
>    >it.
>    >
>    >what would be the best and least confusing solution?
>    >
>    >thanks
>    >iris
>    >
>    >the page in question is at
http://www.demos.ac.uk/project/docs/0103.html
>    >i'm not finished marking it up yet.
>    >the data tables are further down the page (in grey).
>    






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