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Re: Are Tag Clouds Accessible


From: Emma Duke-Williams
Date: Apr 29, 2007 10:10AM

On 28/04/07, Patrick H. Lauke < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Charge D Wise wrote:
> > Lots of visual elements don't "really matter" they are simply eye candy.
> True, but in this case the relative size differences do convey
> information beyond simple order of popularity...

In part, I think that it depends on how it's done. I saw one tag cloud
(I've forgotten where, sorry) recently, where it had the number of
hits in brackets after the link. It seemed that everything from 1-100
was the same size, the next size 101-200 etc.
So, though there was some value from the link size, there was also a
lot more from the actual numbers.

Someone has already mentioned that the smaller links could be
difficult for someone with fine motor skills difficulties, I guess
another factor is going to be how well they scale for someone who
relies on font enlargement, rather than a screen reader - and also
whether or not the size differentials are confusing for someone with

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