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Re: headings for links list


From: Hoffman, Allen
Date: May 17, 2011 12:21PM


In the most popular screen reader, links can be read based on screen
text, alt tag, and other attributes, or longest of the set. What
someone using a screen reader wants to know about each link is, "what
does this go to". The document description, or name is what the link
text should include, and then screen readers will read that. If there
are multiple formats on the same page, the solution is to just use a
consistent link order, e.g.

Document about topic #1 <link to word> <link to PDF> <link to other>.

Headers can be helpful for such lists, but on first pass there is no
perfect way to take a page layout in and figure it out without some
wasted effort.

It's kind of like asking visual readers how they rapidly assess
information--you'd get lots of answers for each person you ask.

-----Original Message-----
From: Angela French [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 5:11 PM
To: 'WebAim Forum ( <EMAIL REMOVED> )'
Subject: [WebAIM] headings for links list

Today I realized how hard it is to find something specific within the
WCAG 2.0!

Can anyone tell me if there is anything that indicates that a heading
should be used to introduce a list of links that would reside in the
content of a page (as opposed to providing a heading on a navigation
menu)? I thought there was, but now that I am looking for it
specifically, it eludes me.

To those of you who are screen readers, how important is it to you that
a list of links have some sort of introductory heading, as opposed to
discovering the nature of the links list by its context in the page

Thank you.

Angela French
Internet Specialist
State Board for Community and Technical Colleges