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Re: QA Tip: Don't Click Here

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 11:39:58 +0900
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Cc: <www-qa@w3.org>
To: Hal Goodtree <hal@online-copywriter.com>

Hi Hal.

On May 11, 2007, at 06:08 , Hal Goodtree wrote:

> The previously referenced example:
> http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/noClickHere
>
> is in need of update I believe. Based on the responses to my blog  
> post, verbs are no longer verboten as linking text.

Thanks for looking into this tip. There are good ideas in what you  
wrote, and what people added as comments. I would probably not be so  
peremptory in saying that a few opinions make something "no longer  
verboten", but I do agree that the original sentence:
[[ we do not recommend putting verb phrases in link text ]]
is too strong. The point of the tip is to recommend meaningful links,  
and I guess verbs can be OK, especially if the link points to some  
kind of action. e.g I wouldn't consider _Read More_ a particularly  
good link, whereas _contact bob_ (with a mailto link for instance) or  
_download the latest version_ looks just fine to me.

A rewrite of the tip to focus more on this, and removing the arguable  
rule about verbs would be good. If you want to suggest rewordings,  
please feel free.

> The WCAG is a wonderful resource, but it is too technically  
> oriented for the average copywriter.

I don't see anything particularly wrong or outdated in the Link text  
section in http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-HTML-TECHS/#link-text (which  
the tip refers to as further reading). It recommends clearly  
identifying the target and avoiding vague text links such as "click  
here", which is fine, no?

-- 
olivier
Received on Tuesday, 29 May 2007 02:39:50 GMT

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