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RE: Separating links


From: Paul Bohman
Date: Mar 26, 2002 11:34AM

You are not wrong in your assumption, but I wanted to point out that
line breaks <br> and paragraph breaks <p> have no printable characters
in-between them, and have the potential to cause the same confusion as
two links next to each other on the same line. Screen readers often do
not slow down or pause in between lines at all. I have to sometimes
listen carefully in these situations, to avoid confusing myself, but
this is not an issue most of the time.

As has been mentioned, most screen reader users are able to tell the
difference between links, and modern screen readers are configurable to
differentiate between links even if they are adjacent. This is mainly an
issue with older screen readers.

Paul Bohman
Technology Coordinator
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University

-----Original Message-----
From: Leo Smith [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]

I thought the WAI guidelines were referring to "side-by-side" links,
not links on separate lines in a list. I took "adjacent" to mean side-
by-side in the guideline, and the wording of the guideline seems to
suggest that to me with the "surrounded by spaces" part:
"....include non-link, printable characters
(surrounded by spaces)"

link 1 | link 2 | link 3 | link 4

Am I wrong in this assumption?


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