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RE: Separate adjacent links with more than whitespace

From: John Foliot - bytown internet <foliot@bytowninternet.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 11:17:09 -0500
To: "Steve Vosloo" <stevenvosloo@yahoo.com>, "'W3c-Wai-Ig'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENAECIDCAA.foliot@bytowninternet.com>

... assuming of course that the user configuration allows for tabbing.
However, can you guarentee that every user will have a keyboard attached to
their device?  I have a laptop with a touch-sensitive screen which I use for
my demonstrations.  In that case I *could* tab through, but I just as easily
may want to "touch the screen" to activate the hyperlink.

When it comes down to it, seperating links with more than white space can be
a benefit to numerous users beyond those with "disabilities".  Assuming or
expecting users to interact with a web site in a specific way is a dodgy
science at best.  Allowing for all possibilities, while sometimes tricky, is
usually safest don't you think?

just my $0.02 worth


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Steve Vosloo
> Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 9:43 AM
> To: 'W3c-Wai-Ig'
> Subject: RE: Separate adjacent links with more than whitespace
> > The point is that there is in fact a distinct separation between the
> > hyperlinks.  This is useful for users with mobility
> > impairments as well,
> > including but not limited to Parkinson's, Arthritis,
> > quadriplegics, etc.
> Thanks John, but why is separating the links good for these ailments?
> Surely someone with mobility impairments would be tabbing through the
> links?
> Steve
Received on Tuesday, 4 February 2003 11:17:15 UTC

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