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Re: Link separation (not to be deprecated!!!!)

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2005 20:03:50 +0100
Message-ID: <4298C096.5020708@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Vicente Luque Centeno wrote:
> I don't think this checkpoint should be deprecated.
> Example:
> This example shows the confusion on having no separation between links
> <a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter">Butter</a><a
> href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly">fly</a>
> ... which leads to Butterfly looking just as a single link in graphical 
> browsers.

That's a usability problem, not an accessibility one.

Moreover, the original WCAG 1.0 checkpoint was included for *technical* 
reasons: certain old browsers (in combination with old screenreaders?) 
would not distinguish between two adjacent links, even if separated by 
one or more spaces. The original checkpoint calls for a *printable* 
character, which  nowadays is ludicrous.

If it was not deprecated, even
<a href="http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter">Butter</a> <a

which results in "Butter fly" would be in breach, as space is not a 
printable character.

Patrick H. Lauke
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