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The benefits of footnotes in webpages

From: Jesper Tverskov <jesper@tverskov.dk>
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 15:39:15 +0200
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Hi list

I have published an article, "The benefits of footnotes in webpages",
http://www.smackthemouse.com/footnotes. It discusses a lot of accessibility
issues.

Would you agree that even though the superscript of a footnote index number
is presentational in nature, the footnote being a footnote also without
superscript, it is correct to use the sup XHTML element instead of just the
span element and CSS? Any webdesigner would find it natural to use the sup
element not just for let us say mathematical and chemical notation where it
is needed but also for the footnote index number. If there is no space in
between a word and a following footnote, the sup element could make it a
little easier for screen readers to tell them apart than if the span element
is used.

Do you also agree that the title attribute is almost 99% bad from an
accessibility point of view as implemented in today's browsers? That the
browsers must come up with something better?

Other comments to the article are welcome. Please help me improve it.

Best regards,

Jesper Tverskov
www.smackthemouse.com
Received on Monday, 28 August 2006 13:39:44 GMT

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