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Re: Text Links (WCAG 2.0/2.4.4 and 2.4.9)

From: Michael S Elledge <elledge@msu.edu>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:18:46 -0400
Message-ID: <4A805676.8010206@msu.edu>
To: Chris Reeve <chrisreeve15@yahoo.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
Hi Chris--

It's important to think about accessibility in a broader context, in 
other words, how well your Website (and in this case Website links) will 
assist a person using adaptive technology.

For example, someone who is blind cannot see the surrounding text, and 
will have to rely on either the content of your link alone or the 
content of your link and the preceding text. So my suggestion would be 
to have your link text show: "U.S. Army Homepage." That way someone 
using a screen reader will hear "U.S." instead of "us" and will know the 
destination page ("homepage").

Hope that helps. This is my opinion, however. I do not sit on a W3C 
advisory committee so don't represent the W3C brain-trust.  :^)

Best regards,

Mike Elledge
Assistant Director
Usability & Accessibility Center
Michigan  State University

Chris Reeve wrote:
> I have a question. My site has a description to a federal site at the 
> Army. My text link is "US Army" without quotes. The title tag of the 
> U.S. Army's homepage is "The United States Army Homepage".
> Does my description (U.S. Army) still pass 2.4.4?
> Does either 2.4.4 or 2.4.9 require my text link to be identical to the 
> title tag of the site (The United States Army Homepage)?. If so, which 
> criteria?
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