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Re: SC 2.4.4 Failure condition

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 15:29:52 -0800
Message-ID: <824e742c0911201529y4c82b26ej1677b48ef570b71@mail.gmail.com>
To: Makoto Ueki <makoto.ueki@gmail.com>
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 12:25 AM,  <makoto.ueki@gmail.com> wrote:
> Name: Makoto Ueki
> Email: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
> Affiliation: Infoaxia, Inc.
> Document: UW
> Item Number: Understanding Success Criterion 2.4.4
> Part of Item: Common Failures
> Comment Type: question
> Summary of Issue: SC 2.4.4  Failure condition
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> Will link text such as "1", "2" and "3", which are often seen on search results page, fail SC 2.4.4?
> For example, search results pages on Google has such links at the bottom of the page. They don't have any programmatically determinable context in its HTML code.
> If it has context in preceding heading, it'll pass SC 2.4.4. In this case, however, it doesn't have any context and doesn't use any sufficient techniques for SC 2.4.4.
> Proposed Change:

Response from the Working Group
Thank you for your query.

The purpose of the "1", "2", etc links in the Google search result
page example would be clarified by adding a heading or title
attributes (or other programmatic context).

However, in the existing implementation the purpose of each link is
ambiguous to all users and thus does not disadvantage persons with a
disability. This means the links in this example would pass SC 2.4.4.

Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact

On behalf of the WCAG Working Group
Received on Friday, 20 November 2009 23:30:31 UTC

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