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RE: preferences on link explanations, etc?

From: Sean Murphy (seanmmur) <seanmmur@cisco.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 03:59:16 +0000
To: Shivaji Kumar <kumar140ster@gmail.com>, Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com>
CC: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Do hovers work reliable with screen readers? If so, how does a voice-over, NVDA, etc use this style of functionality on the desktop/laptop.



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-----Original Message-----
From: Shivaji Kumar [mailto:kumar140ster@gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, 30 January 2017 2:09 PM
To: Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: Re: preferences on link explanations, etc?

Hi Rich,

Sorry for this delay, here's my take:

We can certainly implement hovers (an attractive and efficient way to make extra information available to users), but a major constraint with hovers is that they do not lend themselves easily to responsive computing. So if you think your users are going to be primarily desktop/laptop users, then it is fine. However, if your users are going to be mainly mobile/touchscreen/tab-based, then hovers appear not to offer good options. Mobile technologies have not yet reached a point where they can replicate hover-related actions on smaller screens.
And we are not talking about accessibility yet

I look forward to others' take on this.

Best

Shivaji

On 1/28/17, Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com> wrote:
> There are some places where I'd like to give the user a way to get an 
> explanation of a link, the level of a heading, etc.  It shouldn't be 
> there all the time, lest it become annoying.  Is there a Best Practice 
> for this (e.g., :focus, :hover)?
>
> -r
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