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Re: changing presentation of links

From: suzette keith <suzette.skeith@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:21:13 +0000
Message-ID: <CAH7X45M30Wddp=YnVUuwQksi1QRYB2Yw6hEL5O=gDCDJyNcttA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Just a passing thought here guys:
In complex prose content that has lots of cross referencing links I find
that underlining compromises readability.
I have gone so far as to find the Firefox option that allows me to remove
the underlining, and if I want,  I can subdue the colour difference as
well. Bliss!
Is it acceptable to consider the context of use and to distinguish the
difference between links as part of the main navigation panel and links
within the main content text?
Suzette




On 8 November 2012 20:33, Foliot, John <john.foliot@chase.com> wrote:

>  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”.****
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> 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.****
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> My $.02 worth****
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> JF****
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> *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****
>
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> 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.  ****
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> Thanks,****
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> AWK****
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> Andrew Kirkpatrick****
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> Group Product Manager, Accessibility****
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> Adobe Systems ****
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> akirkpat@adobe.com <akirkpatrick@adobe.com>****
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> http://twitter.com/awkawk****
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> http://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility****
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> *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****
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> Hi****
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> 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.****
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> I would be interested to know what impact other people think this might
> have on complying with this Success Criteria: ****
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> *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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> Thanks****
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> Roger****
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Suzette Keith
Usability and Accessibility Consultant: requirements gathering and
evaluation
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