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Re: The benefits of footnotes in webpages

From: Michael S Elledge <elledge@msu.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 10:24:13 -0400
Message-ID: <44F2FC8D.2050801@msu.edu>
To: Jesper Tverskov <jesper@tverskov.dk>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi Jesper--

Very nice article! Did you use "Footnote 3" rather than the standard 
"Ibid." to make it easier for screen reader users to find an earlier 
reference? I also imagine you didn't link back to footnote 3 because of 
all the duplicate links it could cause.

Mike Elledge

Jesper Tverskov wrote:
> 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
>
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