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Regarding a few guidelines

From: Bobby McGee <iaskedalice09@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 03:25:52 -0300
Message-ID: <2660ad0b0708182325x18337506u2ea54691b9fd72be@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
Hello people!

I'm Bobby McGee, a web designer with a significant visual impairment. I use
ZoomText to access the computer and web.

I have a couple of issues with several guidelines:

WCAG, Priority 2:

"Do not use the same link text for different URIs"

The reasoning behind this is that it may confuse the reader.

While I laud its intentions, it seems a little insulting to people with
disabilities. I mean, if the person wrote a complete sentence (i.e., Click
here to go to the home page and not just click here, while linking the same
"click here" text), it is blatant what the end result is.

I don't want it thrown out, though. Some things are really hard to figure
out (perhaps maybe it's a "surprise" link), so I'm in favour of changing the
same-link-text rule to Priority 3.

And, I do use sight to read web documents, I just need it enlarged quite a
bit. There is a guideline in Priority 3, do not separate adjacent links with
white space. I love this guideline because for navigation, sometimes the
line spacing is really small and the text is garbled so I can't make it out.
I'm in favour of changing this priority 3 guideline to priority 2.

I also want emphasised in big bold letters that accessibility can't be
boxed. People should provide emails if the site isn't usable. I've visited
sites that were WCAG AA compliant but I still couldn't use and, because I
couldn't reach the author, I left. Goodbye, Inaccessible Website.

I think perhaps we could make this a priority 1 guideline, and follow it up
with META tags. Generally, I just want EVERY sighted person to know -- and
pretty much everyone, period -- that if I can't reach you and I can't access
your website...you just lost a visitor.

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