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Re: Click here

From: Cindy King <cindy.king@gallaudet.edu>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 05:58:26 -0400
Message-ID: <3D54E3C2.68DA55C5@gallaudet.edu>
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
CC: Matt May <mcmay@w3.org>, Lynn Alford <lynn.alford@jcu.edu.au>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

The best rationale for not using "click here"--that authors will accept--is
that, when the page is printed and carried off to a non-web location, "click
here" isn't sufficient for the person to use.  Many people still print pages
as a way to have the info off-line.  Many authors still shrug off "disability
access," but will avoid "click here" if they realize off-line users don't have
the info they need.

I use a standard format of:  To do X, go to URL.

To change your password, go to http://academic.gallaudet.edu/changepassword.
For instructions, go to http://library.gallaudet.edu.

Using a standard format for the sentences and putting the purpose first also
helps people when reading tech info.  Hope this helps.

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Kynn Bartlett wrote:

> At 8:29 AM -0700 8/9/02, Matt May wrote:
> >Another point: some people don't "click," because they don't use a mouse.
> >They may type, or speak, or use a switch, or tap a screen.
>
> Click is slang for "follow this link."  There has never in the history
> of Web access been a single person who knows how to operate a Web
> browser by typing, speaking, using a switch, or tapping a screen, who
> has been completely stymied by the concept "click here" and been unable
> to use the link.
>
> Blind people don't go "click here? but i don't use a mouse! AUGH I CAN'T
> ACCESS THIS SITE!" and run screaming from their computers.  Everyone knows
> what "click" means.  It means "follow this link."
>
> --Kynn
>
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