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Add. visual cues for links only differentiated by colour nit just when link receives focus

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Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:38:34 +0000
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Name: Detlev Fischer
Email: fischer@dias.de
Affiliation: DIAS GmbH
Document: TD
Item Number: G183
Part of Item: Description
Comment Type: technical
Summary of Issue: Add. visual cues for links only differentiated by colour nit just when link receives focus 
Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
G183 counts as sufficient technique to meet SC 1.4.1. The description talks about "additional cues on hover and focus" and the test equally refers to focusing via mouse and keyboard to activate the additional cue. Which means using just colour (3:1 contrast from surrounding text) is considered sufficient for meeting SC 1.4.1 in the default view of the page.

This is in conflict with F73: Failure of Success Criterion 1.4.1 due to creating links that are not visually evident without color vision.

In this failure, an additional cues is required without focussing the links.

This makes sense as it can hardly be expected that visually impared mouse users cover the entire inline text on a page like a lawnmower to be able to discover whether any links are present.

Sighted keyboard users equally benefit from the better afordances of clearly visible inline links.

Proposed Change:
Change G183 to require that additional cues are alway present on inline links.
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