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Re: Text links 2.4.4 with PDF's

From: Chris Reeve <chrisreeve15@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 06:52:52 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <30348.14096.qm@web46105.mail.sp1.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Cc: gv@trace.wisc.edu, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>, Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, Richard_Userite <richard@userite.com>
Some destination sites do not have the associated pdf icon. The only have a link to their  PDF. Their site which links to the PDF does comply with 2.4.4. About an hour ago, I mentioned I was advised by a previous Working Group to the html/text version. Another Working Group suggested to link directly to the PDF.
One member of the Working Group said it depends on the fact if the individual who is disabled is at an disadvantage rather than someone who is not. The interpertation from the Working Group was if the visitor who was not disabled read the same context as inteded, than an individual with a disability will not be at a disadvantage.
It is configured so neither will be at a disadvantage.
--- On Mon, 8/10/09, Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be> wrote:

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Re: Text links 2.4.4 with PDF's
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Date: Monday, August 10, 2009, 1:37 PM

Hi Chris,

At 22:27 7/08/2009, Chris Reeve wrote:
> As it stands, my boss will allow me to adopt H30 Example 5,
> <a href="WMFP.pdf">
> Woodend Music Festival Program
> <img src="pdficon.gif" alt="PDF format"/>
> </a>, because (PDF), (WORD), (HTML), (TEXT), (ZIP), or other formats are not a part of the text link.
> They are part of the alt tag.
> (...)

Actually, the alt attribute value of an image inside a link is considered part of the link text - at least for screen readers - even if it is not directly visible to users who have images turned on in their browsers. Of course, if your boss doesn't know that, I guess you're safe with this technique ;-)

Best regards,


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