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Re: Differentiating links from normal text

From: Chaals McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex.ru>
Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2018 12:42:10 +0100
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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On Fri, 26 Jan 2018 23:10:15 +0100, Subramanian, Poornima (PCL)
<psubramanian@hagroup.com> wrote:

> ...
> Couple of questions –
>
> 1.     Any design suggestions on how the links can be differentiated in  
> this example to make it compliant? (e.g. bold, >underline the title)

There are many ways to make some text look different to the rest. For link  
text, as long as you are consistent and the difference is clearly  
noticeable, it probably works.

> 2.    Is underlining or differentiating the links must or nice-to-have  
> for WCAG compliance?

For WCAG compliance it is not obviously required.

That seems like a flaw (but may have been decided on the basis that "users  
with disabilities are in the same boat as everyone else here so it is not  
an accessibility requirement").

In reality it is critical. If users are unable to discover that something  
is a link, they will probably not click it even if it is exactly what they  
need. For the vast majority of users that means it must be visually  
distinct.

In particular it is not reasonable to assume users will work out what is a  
link by guessing, or try all the content on the page, e.g. with "tab  
through and we highlight the focus": touch devices often don't have that  
functionality, and for may mouse users it is infeasible.

cheers

Chaals

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