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Re: Copywriting for Screenreaders (was Alt text for URL's)

From: david poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 09:41:06 -0500
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To: "Tina Holmboe" <tina@greytower.net>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Tina,  This comes down to what is going behind the scenes.  For one thing, 
this senario should never come up because there should be many ways to sort 
on a list and they should all not be links or we'd be wading through a lot 
of them.  A form is much better for this from a usability stand point. 
However, if you want to put up a list of sorts and they have already been 
established, you can send the user to the sort page and allow them to choose 
how they want to view.  At this point, the word view needs to be available 
in the link text and even render would be better but people coton to view 
rather than render or even access or list.  View is not so much an action as 
is sort since it is asking how you want to see something rather than asking 
the user to make an action decision.  Again, subtle but important.

Johnnie Apple Seed
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tina Holmboe" <tina@greytower.net>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: Copywriting for Screenreaders (was Alt text for URL's)



On 18 Feb, david poehlman wrote:

> but which jaws its self reports as a link to go to the home page.  If
> it is a link, it should be a link, if it is an action it should be a
> button, if it is a reference it should be a link. I have no issue at

  I am still - if less and less eagerly - waiting for someone to come up
  with a palatable explanation as to why a link should be turned into a
  form, presumably complete with multiple hidden controls, because the
  appropriate link text contains a verb.

  If

   <a href="/foo/bar.cgi?sortOrder=phone">
    View a version of this document all over again but this time with
    the list of addresses sorted according to the phone number</a>

  should be better written as

   <form action="/foo/bar.cgi" method="GET">
    <input type="hidden" name="sortOrder" value="phone">
    <input type="submit" name"submit"
           value="View a version of this document all over again but
                  this time with the list of addresses sorted according
                  to the phone number">
   </form>

  then something is indeed rotten in Denmark.

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Received on Friday, 18 February 2005 14:41:40 GMT

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