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Re: Minimal style needed to make links accessible?


From: Jeevan Reddy
Date: Aug 25, 2010 3:45AM

Hi Friends,
Jared Smith has given great explanation on Distinguishable links.
Well, As an Accessibility tester how can we predict the Contrast between
link text and non- text.
Is there any Tool to predict that? Generally i use Juicy Studio conntrast
analyzer, but it Predicts contrast of text and back ground. Any help is

On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 12:22 AM, Jared Smith < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM, Karlen Communications wrote:
> > We would be waving our mice over content looking for "hot
> > spots" we could activate.
> Assuming one had a mouse to wave around. Beyond the issues for those
> with some motor disabilities, I also don't have a mouse on my iPhone
> or iPad (assuming I actually owned one - something I do quite often).
> All :hover, :focus, and :active styles are ignored on touch screen
> devices. Additionally, color differences alone can be quite
> unnoticeable until fully zoomed into the text. If I'm just looking for
> 'clickable' elements in a page, the lack of underline could render
> these links invisible to users of these devices despite the fact the
> user may have good vision.
> It's quite likely that in a few years as touch devices replace today's
> massive, terribly inefficient computers that generally require both
> keyboard and mouse that the lack of underlined links will be viewed as
> a design faux pas of today. The non-underlined links of today will be
> as the animated gifs of the late 90s.
> In the meantime, until designers realize the folly of not underlining
> links, the solution is simply:
> 1. Ensure there is sufficient contrast between link text and non-link
> text. WCAG 2.0 provides a good measure.
> 2. Provide a non-color designator (usually the underline) on mouse
> hover AND keyboard focus.
> Jared Smith
> WebAIM