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RE: Short and long descriptions for links

From: Derek Featherstone <feather@wats.ca>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 06:55:16 -0500
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On Tuesday, December 21, 2004 5:35 AM, Matthew J. Giustino wrote:

> Just for clarification, you are saying that "longdesc"  may be more
> appropriate to use than the "title" attribute? 

No, actually... Patrick is referring to is the fact that just because you
use a title attribute, and it provides some additional "advisory
information", there is no guarantee that the information in the title
attribute will be delivered to people using screen readers (because of
verbosity settings) or people who use the keyboard for navigation (because
the tooltip doesn't show for keyboard uers). Therefore, at least consider
whether or not the information should be tucked away quietly in attributes
or if it should be made actual content (where it is feasible to do so).

For further reading/consideration on the topic:

Best regards,
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