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Re: Limit on the links in a page

From: Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 11:07:21 +0200
Cc: Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com>, Adam Cooper <cooperad@bigpond.com>, Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
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To: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
On 11 Aug 2012, at 07:21, Adam Cooper wrote:

> The 'links list dialog' in JAWS (INSERT + F7) would take considerable time
> to compose a list of 2000 links,

Indeed!

And JAWS as well as any other developer of such tools will have to adjust their implementations. Links can substantially increase accessibility of content for some users. So developers of tools accessing content must prepare themselves for situations where there are a lot of ...
- links
- images
- tables
- lists
- ...

This is especially important once you look beyond the W in WCAG and think of other content and document architectures, whether that's an authoring tool like Word or a final form format like PDF. Some PDF documents have tens of thousands of links, and removing the links in them would remove value and usability for a significant part of its users.

Technically tools like JAWS will have to begin to think about delayed loading of content - nobody looking at a list dialog with a list of 2000 links will typically look at all 2000 links. So there is no need to retrieve them all inside the dialog just so. Retrieving them once needed is a much better approach.


All in all I believe more reasoning beyond the average web page would be in order... - while the web is really going strong there is still (and will be for a very long time) a massive amount of valuable, relevant and unique content outside of web pages (and not at the same time available as web content).


Olaf
Received on Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:07:51 UTC

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