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RE: onclick vs Re: Click here

From: John Foliot - bytown internet <foliot@bytowninternet.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2002 14:07:08 -0400
To: "Kynn Bartlett" <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENKEABCKAA.foliot@bytowninternet.com>

or:
	"To enroll today, complete our <a>on-line enrolment form</a>."

A good copy editor can always find an effective way of conveying both
meaning and substance succinctly.

JF


>
> At 9:48 PM +0100 8/9/02, David Woolley wrote:
> >  > Saying 'click here' to a speech-input user is a little like
> saying "do you
> >>  see?" to a person who is blind. It isn't quite appropriate. But beyond
> >>  upsetting them you will probably get your meaning across.
> >
> >This does, however, invalidate the reason for using "click here" in the
> >first place, which is generally an assumption that the user is too stupid
> >to follow anything except explicit directions in terms of the specific
> >technology that they are using.
>
> Sure.  But it's not an accessibility error.  It's just bad style.
>
> Actually, "click here" is also very imperative.  It tells you what to
> do.
>
>       You can enroll online -- just <a>click here</a>!
>
>       You can <a>enroll online</a>!
>
> One of these is more imperative and urges action more effectively.
> Hint, it's not the second. :)
>
>       You can enroll online -- just <a>use your browser's function to
>       follow this link however you do that with whatever assistive
>       technology you might have and you will be taken to an enrollment
>       form!</a>
>
> Well, okay, this is better:
>
>       You can enroll online -- <a>enroll now!</a>
>
> But you see, there are purposes for "click here" beyond simply the
> assumption that someone doesn't know how to use a hyperlink.  It's
> marketing.  Saying "click here" is more likely to get a response than
> not saying it.
>
> --Kynn
>
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