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Re: Text links 2.4.4 with PDF's

From: Chris Reeve <chrisreeve15@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2009 07:11:24 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <601752.2780.qm@web46106.mail.sp1.yahoo.com>
To: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, gv@trace.wisc.edu
Mr. Strobbe, there are only three sites we link to that have an pdfcon. I will update the links for those sites. Can we use still <alt="PDF format"> without the image.
This question was already sent to the WAI Group and updated.

--- 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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