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RE: changing presentation of links

From: Foliot, John <john.foliot@chase.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:33:57 +0000
To: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>, Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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I don't think I would be as generous as Andrew here. I believe links should be perceivable to all users without first having to hunt for them (using tabbing or mousing), as I believe this is an important consideration for users with cognitive disabilities. To quote Steve Krugg, "Don't Make Me Think".

I wouldn't go so far as to insist on  links *always* being blue or *always* being underlined (I am happy with other strategies that meet the test), and I think there is some latitude in Navigation links in a list (commonly used for persistent navigation menus), but for other in-page links I believe that a visual indicator that does not rely on color alone is critical, and I personally would fail any example that did not meet that minimum bar.

My $.02 worth


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick [mailto:akirkpat@adobe.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 12:06 PM
To: Roger Hudson; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: changing presentation of links

I would say none.  Links are identifiable by being able to tab to them, or by the cursor changing appearance, as well as other ways that I'm probably forgetting.  There is an impact on usability, for sure, but I don't think that you'd fail 1.4.1.


Andrew Kirkpatrick
Group Product Manager, Accessibility
Adobe Systems



From: Roger Hudson [mailto:rhudson@usability.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:58 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: changing presentation of links


Many developers now remove the underline from links, and some change the colour of links from the default blue. I know from my observations this can make the pages harder for some people to use.

I would be interested to know what impact other people think this might have on complying with this Success Criteria:
1.4.1 Use of Color: Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element.


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