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Re: Text links 2.4.4 with PDF's

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:33:02 +0200
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At 20:49 7/08/2009, Phill Jenkins wrote:

>Richard wrote:
>":...I only see a small portion of the screen at any one time and do 
>not get a staus bar at the bottom (my whole screen is focused on a 
>small area."
>" I thus have no way of knowing that the link is to anything other 
>than a HTML file."
>False.  Most all screen magnifiers and screen readers have a way, 
>hot key, to jump and read the status line.  The status line is a 
>known part of the user interface and its contents can be 
>accessed.  Yes there are problems with so called moving content in 
>the status line, but that is a different issue.

Even so, you can't assume that the URL will tell you if the target of 
a link is HTML or PDF. Some URL's don't end with a file name 
extension. (For example, many PDF files on the European Commission's 
website have a URL that says nothing about the file type.)

And even if the file type is reflected in the URL, it's easy enough 
to overlook it when you are in a hurry.

(But providing a warning about the file type is not required for 
conformance, as many others have already pointed out.)

Best regards,


>Phill Jenkins,

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Received on Monday, 10 August 2009 13:33:51 UTC

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