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Re: appropriate hypertext

From: Karl Ove Hufthammer <huftis@bigfoot.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 01:11:17 +0200
Message-ID: <008f01bff369$6c3520c0$96448ed5@huftis>
To: "Philip Ramsey" <jamaican@colis.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
----- Original Message -----
From: "Philip Ramsey" <jamaican@colis.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2000 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: appropriate hypertext

| If I remember correctly, the advice was: read the hypertext link
| out aloud and if it made sense it was good.

Yes, link text should IMO work just as well as if it has just been ordinary

Example -- bad use link text:

_Click here_ to read some articles I've written about web design and palm trees.

Example -- good link text:

I've written some articles about _web design_ and _palm trees_ which you might
find interesting.

| With IBM's HPR, you
| would end up with "Click Here" "Click Here" "Click Here" "Click
| Here" for the links preview, which would not made sense to
| anyone. Following the (I think it was Kynn's) advice "Click here
| to go to Whitehouse.com" "Click here to go to W3C.com" or simply
| "Whitehouse.com" "W3C.com" will make sense by it's self in HPR
| links preview. In pwWebSpeak, It will read "LINK Click here"
| followed by the regular text, which may make sense. However,
| using the keyboard to navigate through the page to get to the
| different links will result in "LINK Click here" "LINK Click
| here" "LINK Click here" "LINK Click here" which would not make
| any sense to the user while ""LINK Click here for Whitehouse.com"
| "LINK Click here for W3C.com" or simply "Whitehouse.com" or
| "W3C.com" would make sense.

You can find official information from the _White House_. The _W3C_ is the
consortium behind the _HTML Recommendation_.

Doesn't this look/sound better?

I might also mention that Opera 4 has a very nice feature, activated by Ctrl+J,
which displays a list of all links in the document (either in the order they
appear in the document or alphabetised). A long list of 'Click here' or 'Click
here to access Whitehouse.gov', 'Click here to access the W3C homepage' doesn't
look good.

Karl Ove Hufthammer
Received on Friday, 21 July 2000 19:15:05 UTC

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