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Re: Click here

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 09:31:38 -0400
To: Cindy King <cindy.king@gallaudet.edu>, Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: Matt May <mcmay@w3.org>, Lynn Alford <lynn.alford@jcu.edu.au>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <004501c24072$41c145f0$19e03244@DAVIDPOEHLMAN>

make it a good sentence then.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cindy King" <cindy.king@gallaudet.edu>
To: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: "Matt May" <mcmay@w3.org>; "Lynn Alford" <lynn.alford@jcu.edu.au>;
Sent: Saturday, August 10, 2002 5:58 AM
Subject: Re: Click here

The best rationale for not using "click here"--that authors will
that, when the page is printed and carried off to a non-web location,
here" isn't sufficient for the person to use.  Many people still print
as a way to have the info off-line.  Many authors still shrug off
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
For instructions, go to http://library.gallaudet.edu.

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

Cynthia M. King, Ph.D. (Cindy)
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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
> >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
> to use the link.
> Blind people don't go "click here? but i don't use a mouse! AUGH I
> ACCESS THIS SITE!" and run screaming from their computers.  Everyone
> what "click" means.  It means "follow this link."
> --Kynn
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