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Re: WCAG versus Bobby for site review?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 12:00:00 +0200
Message-ID: <3EB241A0.2060904@sidar.org>
To: Michael Cooper <michaelc@watchfire.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, bobbysupport <bobbysupport@watchfire.com>

I don't think it is sufficient to have clear title attributes for links 
in an HTML document. The link text itself should be distinct. It would 
indeed be good if the WCAG group would clarify this issue. Michael, can 
you follow this up and get an official response from the group?

My 0.02 euros.


Michael Cooper wrote:

>Issue #2 (unique link text) is implemented in this way because there is not
>yet consensus from the WCAG group that the "title" attribute is alwyas
>sufficient to differentiate links that otherwise have identical link text.
>There is the suggestion to use that approach, but it is not clear that doing
>so guarantees guideline conformance. I am working with the WCAG group to
>resolve questions like these, and once the W3C takes a position we will make
>the appropriate change, if any, in Bobby. I'd like to hear from people on
>this list what methods you think should be considered sufficient link
>differentiation. The WCAG group will take those suggestions into account
>when making its recommendations.
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: James Craig [mailto:work@cookiecrook.com]
>>Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2003 5:51 PM
>>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>>Subject: WCAG versus Bobby for site review?
>>2. "Do not use the same link phrase more than once when the 
>>links point 
>>to different URLs." refers to WCAG Section 13.1 Priority 2 
>>which states 
>>"Clearly identify the target of each link." This is the one I 
>>am unsure 
>>about. I have permanent links to each of my web log posts 
>>where the link 
>>text is consistently "#" but each anchor has a unique title 
>>attribute of 
>>"permanent link to post <number>". Would this suffice for "clearly 
>>identifying the target"? Arguably, I could pick some link text that 
>>would be moer clear, like "link", but doesn't the unique 
>>title suffice 
>>the requirement for WCAG?
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