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Link Text and Metadata

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 10:51:48 +0930
Message-ID: <416DD4AC.7010306@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi All

I have various programmes that generate (X)HTML content from a database.  I use 
certain fields from the database to create a menu for the collection of pages. 
Everytime I embark on a new project, I revise these programmes in light of 
experience, new techinques developed, etc.  I am in the throes of doing this at 
present and present the following for your consideration:

At present, a link body is populated from a field specifically for that purpose 
- something as short and simple as possible.  In the title property of the link, 
I put in the title (as would appear in <h1></h1>) of the target page.

As I also have a set of (Dublin Core) metadata fields in my table, would it be 
more appropriate to use a more extended description of the target page (from my 
DC.Description field) in place of the target page title?

To give an example:
Link text = "Contact";
Target page title = "Contact Us";
DC.Description = "Contact information for the xyz corporation";

My thinking is that using the extended description will allow the link to make 
sense, even if taken totally out of context.  Would this, however, create 
confusing clutter?

Cheers

M

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Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia

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