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Re: persistent QA problems with the W3C Validator

From: Thanasis Kinias <tkinias@optimalco.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2002 18:50:30 -0700
To: oedipus@hicom.net
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020606185030.A29466@glaux.ph.cox.net>

scripsit oedipus@hicom.net:
> 3) using an asterisk as hyperlink text is tantamount to using ASCII art
> as a hyperlink - at the VERY least, please add a "title" to the following 
> link:
> 	<a href="#sp-lim">*</a>
> suggested title: <a href="#sp-lim" title="Caveat">*</a>

The use of an asterisk to mark a footnote is hardly `ASCII art' -- it
has been established practice in print publishing for a long, long time.
It also established practice on the Web to link note markers to their
corresponding notes.  Given that there is a single footnote on the page,
it is completely logical and in conformance with the norms of print and
Web publishing, to use an asterisk to mark it.  This is, after all, what
an asterisk is for.

As a side note, you may find that your requests result in more positive
action when they are made with more politeness and less SHOUTING and

(And I'm not an opponent of accessibility.  I do all my work at double-
or triple-A WCAG compliance, and I basically initiated the Web
accessibility movement at my place of employment.)

Thanasis Kinias
Web Developer, Information Technology
Graduate Student, Department of History
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona, U.S.A.

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