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Re: Click here

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 13:13:59 -0400
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <00ec01c24091$51745810$19e03244@DAVIDPOEHLMAN>

it is an accessibility problem albiet one that can easily be put to rest
but it is more than that.  It is a deterrant to the will to investigate.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
To: "Patrick Burke" <burke@ucla.edu>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2002 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: Click here



At 10:31 AM -0700 8/9/02, Patrick Burke wrote:
>It's just lazy writing, isn't it?

Exactly.

>It uses a stock phrase instead of describing why a person should
>follow the link, or what will happen if they do. Any good copy
>editor would veto it, at least on most worlds in this star cluster.
>But I give "click here" points for brevity over phrases like
>"activate this hypertext anchor".

Even "follow this link" is more difficult to understand than "click
here."
"Click here" is an accepted idiom on the Web and understood by many
people, even if it's bad writing.

It's not an accessibility problem though.  Even if it gets someone's
dander up -- causing offense via insensitivity is NOT an accessibility
problem, although it may be rude.

--Kynn

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