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Re: examples of sites with good accessibility

From: Michael S Elledge <elledge@msu.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2006 11:12:30 -0400
Message-ID: <454221DE.2060909@msu.edu>
To: "Eadie, David" <D.Eadie@gcal.ac.uk>
CC: Marc Faeh <MFAE@ch.ibm.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi Everyone--

David's correct that the Title attribute should provide supplementary 
information to that contained in the link text. From a practical 
standpoint, I've assumed that it should also be meaninful out of 
context, since reading the title attribute (or the longest description) 
in lieu of the link text is a setting in JAWS, and you would want the 
user to understand it in that instance as well. In other words, not just 
supplementary information, but the original text (or shortened version 
of it) as well.

This raises another question: Is there a technique or keystroke 
combination that a screen reader user can invoke on an ad hoc basis 
(i.e. as they are reading) that provides them with the longer 
description if the link phrase isn't sufficient? That would seem to be 
very useful and true to WCAG 1.0 intentions.


Eadie, David wrote:
> Hi Marc,
> I appreciate the fact that O2 offer a range of services, but let's stick
> to the accessibility, and usability, issues for the web page you cite.
> A quick examination shows THREE hypertext links all using the same
> anchor text viz. 'Understanding your bill' - each of which make use of
> the TITLE attribute which has the same text i.e. 'Understanding your
> bill'.
> My 'understanding' (apology for the overuse of this word) of the TITLE
> attribute is that it should provide supplementary information to a user
> as to what the linked web resource contains/provides so as not to 'lead
> the user up the garden path', as psychologists say.
> Cheers,
> Dave
> David Eadie
> Lecturer
> Decision Analysis & Risk
> Caledonian Business School
> Glasgow Caledonian University
> Tel: 0141-331-8775
> Fax: 0141-331-3199
> email: d.eadie@gcal.ac.uk
> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Marc Faeh
> Sent: 27 October 2006 10:34
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: examples of sites with good accessibility
> someone mentioned O2. The site may not be perfect (which site is?) but I
> would like to point out the way O2 looks at the topic in a very broad,
> customer friendly and business savy way:
> they offer a range of services for disabled customers, even braille bill
> statements! Have a look at http://www.o2.co.uk/accessibility
> This is not only a good example of an accessible website, it's a good
> example of a company trying to be as accessible as possible beyond the
> web. This is something I miss in accessibility discussions.
> --
> marc faeh
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Received on Friday, 27 October 2006 15:30:43 UTC

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