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Re: popups to provide more information

From: T.V Raman <raman@google.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 08:14:26 -0800
Message-ID: <17891.1890.315667.248677@retriever.corp.google.com>
To: will-pearson@tiscali.co.uk
Cc: wai-xtech@w3.org

Note: I wasn't calling to lose the semantic distinction between
link and button -- what I was pointing out was that link is a
specialized button. The end user *does* need to know the
hierarchy of roles

Will Pearson writes:
 > T.V Raman wrote:
 > "it might be useful to think of role:link as a specialized "button".
 > Button is actually a "trigger" --- a thing that when activated executes an 
 > action.
 > Links on the Web -- including html:a -- the beloved anchor element -- are in 
 > fact specialized triggers"
 > I agree with the perspective that both buttons and links trigger something; 
 > however, I would argue that users maintain a semantic distinction between 
 > the two.  Users often think of a link as moving to another page, hence the 
 > term link, whilst they think of a button as performing the action described 
 > by its label.  If links were to b e semantically represented as buttons then 
 > I suspect that users would be very confused.  Link text describes the linked 
 > to content and not an action, and users would likely be looking for an 
 > action.
 > Whilst users could adapt their conceptual knowledge of a button over time 
 > semantically treating links as buttons would likely annoy users in the 
 > beginning.  Therefore, I would think it sensible to preserve the semantic 
 > distinction between the two.
 > Will 

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