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Re: Success Criterion 2.4.7. Focus Order

From: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 11:51:46 -0500
To: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OF2622780F.A7451D7E-ON862575A8.005B9ABA-862575A8.005CA142@us.ibm.com>
David, 
the clear text to a screen reader user is not clear to a sighted user, a 
magnifier user, and not clear to a user with a reading or learning 
disability,  Explaining that this link will take you somewhere else on the 
page makes little to no sense to a sighted user that just moves their eye 
to get to another place on the page - they have little idea about point of 
regard, focus indicators and all the things that screen reader and 
keyboard users understand.  My point is that there is no single piece of 
"clear text" explaining the "skip to " link.  Using "Skip to main content" 
as the link text and the title attribute="this link will move the focus to 
the beginning of the main content on the page following the bread crumb 
trail" may be clear text to a screen reader user, but makes little sense 
to a sighted user and 80% of the time causes confusion.  I'm not saying 
not to use skip links - I'm all for them, but they need to be "hide-able" 
for users who don't need them or get confused by them.

Do you agree there is no universal link and title text that all users will 
understand?  If you do, again, I would love to see some study data.

Regards,
Phill Jenkins, 
Received on Thursday, 30 April 2009 16:52:25 GMT

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