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Re: Short and long descriptions for links

From: Matthew J. Giustino <mjg@giustiweb.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 03:40:26 -0500
Message-ID: <41C7E17A.9090100@giustiweb.com>
To: "Tipton, William" <bill.tipton@hp.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

To answer your question(s);

*Question:* Is there a part of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 
2.0, or earlier that talks about labeling text links?
*Answer:* Yes, WCAG 1.0 Checkpoint 13.1  ( Clearly identify the target 
of each link. )

*Question:* I am looking for something that talks about using both short 
descriptions and long descriptions as the label for the link, if this is 
possible. These links do not have images and web pages are done in html.
*Answer:* Long Descriptions and Short Descriptions do not generally 
apply to HTML hypertext links.


*_Summary:_*

You should distinguish links by specifying a value for the "title" 
attribute.

For techniques for WCAG Checkpoint 13.1 refer to: 
http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/#link-text


I hope this is helpful to you. If you have any further questions please 
don't hesitate to ask.

Matthew J. Giustino
mjg@giustiweb.com


Tipton, William wrote:

>	Hi,
>
>Is there a part of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, or
>earlier that talks about labeling text links?
>
>I am looking for something that talks about using both short
>descriptions and long descriptions as the label for the link, if this is
>possible.
>
>These links do not have images and web pages are done in html.
>
>I would like to have longer descriptions so where appropriate users who
>use screen readers can pick up this longer description. The shorter
>descriptions would be used for the users who do not use screen readers.
>I am hoping that the screen readers would only pick the longer
>description when both the short and long are used.
>
>Is this good practice? Is there part of the recommendations that talks
>about this and gives technical guidance? If so can I have the URL or
>other pointers.
>
>Thanks for your help.
>
>Bill Tipton
>  
>
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