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RE: SV: Color coding

From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 05:49:07 -0800 (PST)
To: 'Ramón Corominas' <listas@ramoncorominas.com>, "'Morten Tollefsen'" <morten@medialt.no>
Cc: "'Jon Hanna'" <jon@hackcraft.net>, "'WAI Interest Group'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001d01caaf0e$ce877ff0$6b967fd0$@avila@ssbbartgroup.com>
Ramon wrote:
> Therefore, if the links' behaviour is the
same (opening in the same browser window), the visual differenciation is
"additional information", and not "main information required to
understand the content".


> When using little icons with alt/title
texts, we tend to forget that there is people with low vision or motor
disabilities that will not use a screen reader (so they will not access
the alt text)

If you say the icons are additional information not required to understand 
the page and thus not required then the second concern should be mitigated. 
In my opinion if color alone was used to indicate the link type then it 
would require some additional method such as the icons.  If there were no 
distinction made then I do not believe they would be "required" as no one 
would have the benefit of that knowledge.

I personally like the little icons with alternative text.  I do agree that 
their alt text could be difficult to access and that alt text should be 
keyboard accessible -- however, I believe those are issues that need to be 
addressed by the makers of browsers.

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