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Re: adjacent multiple image links

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:12:27 -0800
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To: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM, <noreply@w3.org> wrote:

> Name: Makoto Ueki
> Email: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
> Affiliation: WAIC (Japan) / Infoaxia, Inc.
> Document: TD
> Item Number: H2
> Part of Item: Applicability
> Comment Type: general comment
> Summary of Issue: adjacent multiple image links
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> H2 title reads "Combining adjacent image and text links for the same
> resource". There can be a case that there are two a elements with img
> element which have the same href attribute and the same description, and
> they are adjacent. For example, One has image of text and the other is
> iconic photo.
> Proposed Change:
> Will H2 also be applied to this case? In other words, do authors have to
> put those images together in one link?
> WAIC needs to clarify this in order JIS to harmonize with WCAG.
> ================================
Response from the Working Group
An approach like H2 would definitely be best practice for this situation,
to avoid redundant links for blind or other keyboard users. Note that H2 is
not required, that is, it is not a failure if the author does not use H2.
H2 is an advisory technique for SC 2.4.4 and 2.4.9, and it is sufficient
for SC 1.1.1 because the text provides the text alternative for the image.
Combining such image links into a single link is recommended but also just
advisory for WCAG. We have not made any change to the techniques because
advisory techniques are low priority to maintain, but hopefully this
guidance helps you coordinate with JIS.

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, 27 January 2012 02:12:54 UTC

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