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Re: documenting best practice?

From: Userite <richard@userite.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:50:56 -0000
Message-ID: <C5F8079249ED45F5A1D40DEA46BB910E@RichardPC>
To: "Karen Lewellen" <klewellen@shellworld.net>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Karen,

Links that are written in text do not need alt tags, for example the link text that says “open the PDF version of our report” is perfectly clear and accessible as it is.

Link text that simply says “click here” is not accessible because it does not tell the user what will happen if she click the link. Blind users can just list the links on a page so they see (hear) the link out of context, just the link text. Adding an alt tag would not improve the situation.  Even adding an aria-label does not help some users and is really a “cop-out”.

It is not difficult to provide meaningful text for any link, with things like news summaries you van use the news item heading as the link to a full report.

If you are using an image as a link it is totally possible to provide meaningful text to the alt tag for the image (no one is going to see the alt tag unless they can’t see the image) so your alt tag link text will not disrupt your page view. 



From: Kelly Childs 
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2017 6:13 PM
To: Karen Lewellen 
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org 
Subject: Re: documenting best practice?

Are you looking for an example of a better alt attribute? You can use an aria-label on the link to have it say something besides "click here."

On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 9:57 AM, Karen Lewellen <klewellen@shellworld.net> wrote:

  Hi everyone,
  While I understand that it is best practice for example not to use the words "click here," in a site alt tag,  a requirement that links have alt-tabs at all, I am wondering if anyone can direct me to a specific document?
  Something I can share reflecting these ideas?


Kelly Childs

ADA Compliance & Graphic Support Manager
Received on Sunday, 22 January 2017 22:51:30 UTC

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