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RE: Link separation (not to be deprecated!!!!)

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 16:26:39 +0100
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> Vicente Luque Centeno

> Then, you still agree that it must not be deprecated, but 
> rewritten as 
> "there should be at least a white space", don't you? :-)

Only if you want to *mandate usability( as part of the accessibility
guidelines, but even then I'm sure that there will be edge cases in which
links that are directly adjacent, not separated by any character, are
still valid and don't pose a problem - and having this checkpoint would
make these cases invalid.

At the heart of the matter is: the original checkpoint had a
technical reason (shortcomings of certain browsers/AT). Should we
now keep a simplified version of the checkpoint for usability reasons,
rather than technical ones?

I'd tend to deprecate it, as otherwise you'd need to start
adding lots of other usability/design checkpoints such as
"make sure character spacing, leading, word spacing, etc are adequate"
which would be the general rule of which your example is an extreme case.

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford
Received on Tuesday, 31 May 2005 15:25:41 UTC

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