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Re: WCAG versus Bobby for site review?

From: James Craig <work@cookiecrook.com>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2003 09:58:54 -0500
Message-ID: <3EB1362E.1080002@cookiecrook.com>
To: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

David Poehlman wrote:
>just a couple of comments tools asside, when you mark up links with hx where
>x is 1 -7, the current version of jaws reads the h as a structural pointer
>as it was orriginally intended to be such as a chapter or section
>title/header.

As far as I know, I'm using and nesting the headings correctly. H1 for 
the page title, H2 for the dates on that page, and H3 for the dates and 
titles within those date sections. Is this incorrect?

>The usability issue with your link syntax is that # is all that appears
>between > and </a> which is not helpfull to screen readers as we tab through
>to attempt to decide what link to activate.  If you could find a way to
>stick something unique in there, the problem would be solved and I think
>that is what bobby was getting at.

Right. I know that's what Bobby is getting at, but I have a unique title 
attribute on each like so:

<a href="foo.htm" title="post 4523">#</a>

My question: Is that unique title enough? I thought screen readers read 
the title attribute in addition to link text.

>It would be helpfull but is not absolutely necessary to place a symbol like
>| after each link when there is a link next to it.

I guess I didn't explain that one as well either because Jonathan read 
it the same way you did. There are *not* two 'links' side-by-side. There 
are two 'a' elements side-by-side. One is a page anchor and the other is 
a hyperlink. The bug (I still think it's a bug) is that Bobby doesn't 
distinguish the difference and treats them both as hyperlinks.

<a name="foo">not a link</a> <a href="foo.htm">link</a>

I hope that explains it a little better. New question from this: Does 
Jaws say "link" for both of those or just the second one? If both, what 
happens when you try to activate the first one?

Thanks!
James Craig

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