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Re: Link Text and Metadata

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 08:22:21 +0100
Message-ID: <416E292D.8050206@splintered.co.uk>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Matthew Smith wrote:

> 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?

I would go for a title that combines the normal link text and the 
DC.description (as, depending on verbosity settings, I think that 
certain screenreaders and user agents may only choose to announce the 
link text or the title - so having the link text in both places would be 
the belt and braces approach):

<a href="contact.html" title="Contact Us - contact information for xyz 
company">Contact Us</a>

Patrick H. Lauke
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