Thread Subject: Re: Web - Link purpose-harmonizationwithWCAG2.0
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From: Gregg Vanderheiden
Date: Wed, Jun 27 2007 11:25 AM
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It is supposed to say " When you have the two of them you can figure it
We are considering adding "together" so it is clearer.
In WCAG - "making sense ONLY from link text" is a different provision at a
higher accessibility level.
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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> I think the confusion here arises from the definition of
> "programmatically determined link context". In WCAG 2.0, this
> includes the link text itself -
> If we take this literally, then the word "and" in the WCAG
> 2.0 language does not allow links to make sense all by
> themselves, they
> *must* make sense only with the link content. If there is no
> context other than the link text, then would it fail?
> So "or" does make more sense to me. Better yet, if the link
> text is one possible component of programmatically determined
> link context, then "The purpose of each link can be
> determined from the programmatically determined link context"
> would suffice as it would allow both the link text and the
> link context to be used in determining the purpose of the link.
> An alternative that perhaps is better and doesn't rely so
> much on the definition of link context: "The purpose of each
> link can be determined from the link text or the link text
> and its programmatically determined link context."
> I'm also a bit concerned with the word "purpose". I don't
> think it is inclusive enough. Don't we really mean "function"
> or "function or target" or "general context of the link
> target" or something. I have no recommendations for change
> here, but "purpose" seems much to vague
> - it refers to what the link *does* ("something will
> happen"), not to what the link is about ("*this* will happen").
> Jared Smith
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