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Re: What instead of click here?

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 06:49:31 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200110100549.f9A5nVE04428@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> case - isn't it is up to the designers of the agents to make them more
> accessible? (for example, including in the listing the title of the linked
> page).

I believe this is what Lynx does, rather than using the text fragment, however
it is an expensive operation to do - so expensive that it will violate the
terms of use of several big commercial sites, so you need to use the title
attribute until the user has actually fetched the page, which might conflict
with some misuses of that attribute.

This is not an excuse for proper use of hypertext and design practices where
hypertext links don't have to annouce themselves by a special form of words.

(As well as the potential need to look ahead, I suspect that major browsers
use the link text as it is more likely to be sensible than title element
or attribute content!  Many design decisions are based on common misuses, 
rather than correct usage.)
Received on Wednesday, 10 October 2001 01:49:40 UTC

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