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Re: What instead of click here?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 14:32:36 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200110091332.f99DWaL02042@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Please click here if you want to ask Michel a question. (where the here
> part is a clickable link)

It's bad practice, as it assumes that clicking (do you mean click with
the tongue on the roof of the mouth?) is the essential part of
activating the link, when there may be no click at all to activate it.
Good hypertext practice would be to make the text "Ask Michel a question",
with the whole of the text as a link.  If your design has destroyed the
browsers indication that clicking with the mouse cursor over it (for
that sort of browser) will activate it as a link, you need to rethink
the design.

"Click here" is only really suitable for mouse (maybe track ball) driven
GUI browsers driven by computer illiterates; however most current web sites
are unusable by computer illiterates as they rely on too much knowledge 
about web site design conventions.

> Secondly, relating to the verbose alt tags that were documented a while
> back with relation to a zoo site, for bullet points in a list, is it
> permissible to make the alt tags blank rather than repeating constantly,
> "bullet point"?

First ask yourself if you can't do it by using list-style style attributes
and a real list.  If you can't (and the only real argument why not these
days is poor vertical alignment of the marker graphic), my preference
would be to use whatever you would have used as list marker if you had
prepared the text with a mechanical (or electric) typewriter - typically
"-" or "*", although I believe that others argue that excessive use
of these characters have made screen readers treat them as though they
were empty.

Personally, I would say that you should never make the text for bullet
points in simulated lists be "bullet point" as that looks silly when 
read text only.

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