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RE: verifying accessibility

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 14:14:15 -0700
Message-Id: <a0432040fb59bca0cb95e@[]>
To: JAN HECHT <HECHT@SCSU.CTSTATEU.EDU>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 1:55 PM -0700 7/19/00, JAN HECHT wrote:
>Kynn -- Are you suggesting that there be no standard for indicating links?

Intelligent browsers and/or edapting -- uh, adapting, sorry -- user
interfaces should be able to provide the _user_ with the ability to
identify links as he or she desires or needs.  There should be no
"standard", no, other than "links are indicated by the use of the
markup <a>".

Sadly, we're not quite at this point yet, but I hope you can see where I
am going.

>(Not that everyone follows standards anyway!) As a person with low vision,
>I find it helpful to know what standard is being used on any one site to
>indicate links -- the confusion arises when a designer sometimes uses
>underscores, sometimes uses specific colors, or fonts, or graphics. Maybe
>that's just a matter of poor design, making it difficult for any user to
>navigate, not a disability-related issue.

I think you answered your own question, but ultimately, -you- should
have the control to instruct your browser "display links as <whatever>."

Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Received on Wednesday, 19 July 2000 17:21:36 UTC

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