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RE: Separating links


From: Paul Bohman
Date: Mar 27, 2002 11:21PM

>>What I would still like to know is whether the problems mentioned in
WAI guideline 10.5 appear in a more substantial manner in older versions
of the software.

I have to admit that every screen reader that I've ever used or heard
has *NOT* had major difficulties with links--just the subtle ones that I
pointed out in my test file.

>>Given the cost, the older versions will surely still be used by many
(maybe most) users.

This is probably true, although I have never personally met anyone using
a screen reader that had major problems in this area.

One thing that screen readers offer to users is the ability to listen to
a list of links alone, without the surrounding text. This means that,
even if the links run together in the context of the document, the user
can extract the links and listen to each one separately. All the screen
readers I've used have had this ability. I don't know how far you have
to go back before this functionality is lost. Anyone else?

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

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