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Element overloading issue - h3 is both form label and link

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 08:16:34 +1030
Message-ID: <43C9713A.3050902@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi All

I have a situation with the online RSS aggregator that I have under
development which I would like to put to you for comment.

The aggregator presents a number of channels channels - each marked up
with an h3 heading.  Within each channel, there is a <ul> list of items
from the feed, each marked up with an h4 heading.

In order to make it easy to perform bulk operations on items, each one
has an associated checkbox.  This allows for a large number of items to
be deleted or archived in a single operation.  The checkboxes use the h3
heading of the article as a label.

So far, I do not see a problem.  However, until recently, the text of
the h3 heading has also been a link to the article in question.  I moved
this link out of the h4 heading, as I though that this element was being

It now appears that not having the heading as the link appears to be
counter-intuitive for users (myself included).

Would anyone like to comment on whether returning the link to the title
actually causes a problem or whether my concern about overloading the
element is unjustified?

I have listed snippets of HTML, showing the two approaches, at



Matthew Smith
IT Consultancy & Web Application Development
Skype: callto://msmiffy
Received on Saturday, 14 January 2006 21:46:48 UTC

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