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Re: showing visited links ?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 00:02:05 +0100
Message-ID: <428BC96D.9060203@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

David Woolley wrote:

>>colours, they should set their browser not to let pages/styles override 
> This would be far beyond the technical capabilities of the typical
> elderly learner.

Browser developers obviously need to abide by UAAG 
http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-USERAGENT/guidelines.html#gl-configuration ... 
and for the most part, they're doing a fairly decent job of it now.

I'm not advocating completely breaking user expectations, but at some 
point users also need to take responsibility, as otherwise we *will* 
have to avoid any styling which may be perceived as different from the 
default norm.

Maybe I'm feeling quite uncharitable tonight, but: shouldn't the first 
thing any learner learns be how to correctly use their tools? Yes, 
content developers shouldn't put any unnecessary road blocks in the way, 
but it should be expected have at least a basic understanding of how web 
pages work, and that, for instance, links are not necessarily always 
blue and underlined - as long as it's clear from other cues what is and 
isn't a link, what has already been visited, etc. Otherwise we need to 
have all links in side/top navigations as blue underlined links as well, 
as some users may not realise that they're links...

Otherwise once again it's down to web *content* developers who have to 
shoulder all the burden (apparently the same reasoning behind sites 
having text size widgets, print buttons, etc inside the page content 
itself...as some users may not know how to use standard features of 
their own browser...*sigh*)

Patrick H. Lauke
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