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Re: Adjacent links in Guideline document

From: Wendy A Chisholm <chisholm@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 15:57:56 -0500
Message-Id: <199905172100.QAA239824@mail1.doit.wisc.edu>
To: Kjetil Kjernsmo <kjetil.kjernsmo@astro.uio.no>, wai-wcag-editors@w3.org

The main concern this interim technique addresses is for text links.
Certain combinations of older graphical browsers and screen readers treat a
list of text links that are not separated  by characters as one phrase (and
thus one link).  This does not happen for links that are images, since the
graphical browsers will display a place-holding image that breaks up the
text of the links (included in the alt-text).  The links in the Guidelines
document are images and thus do not have the problem of plain text links.

This is not made clear in the Guidelines document.  We will clarify it in
the Techniques document.

I hope this helps answer your question and clarify the checkpoint.  Let me
know if you have further questions.

At 08:19 AM 5/16/99 , Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:
>Dear Editors,
>I am reading the WAI-WEBCONTENT document with great interest, and hope
>that all the my new pages will conform, at least at the Double-A level. 
>The Guidelines themselves claim to conform at the Triple-A level, but to
>me, this seems not to be correct, as there seems to be a non-conformance
>with checkpoint 10.5.
>Take the code used repeatedly on the page:
><DIV class="glnav"> <a href="#gl-complex-elements"><img alt="Next
>guideline: 12" src="images/next.jpg"></a> <a
>href="#gl-interim-accessibility"><img alt="Previous guideline: 10"
>src="images/previous.jpg"></a> <a href="#toc-gl-use-w3c"><img alt="Go to
>contents" src="images/contents.jpg"></a></DIV>
>I interprete the guidelines in such a way that some character should be
>placed between one A-element and the next, e.g.:
>[...]</a> | <a [...]
>I hope I have not completely misunderstood the guidelines (in which case
>I hope you will correct me), but I feel there is a need for separating
>characters in places like that (though I am myself hiding them using
>Best Regards,
>Kjetil Kjernsmo
>Graduate astronomy-student                    Problems worthy of attack
>University of Oslo, Norway            Prove their worth by hitting back
>E-mail: kjetikj@astro.uio.no                                - Piet Hein
>Homepage <URL:http://www.astro.uio.no/~kjetikj/>
wendy chisholm
human factors engineer
trace research and development center
university of wisconsin - madison, USA
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