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Indicating a non-html link

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From: ED COHEN
Date: Apr 28, 2003 3:35PM


Hello,
We would like to alert our visitors when links lead to non-html files such as to a MS Word or Adobe PDFs download. Our policy is to comply with Section 508, but the federal guidance is silent on this matter.

My concern is what text to offer either in the context or as an Alt tag if we do it with a graphic. I'm particularly about how understandable it will be when read by a screen reader. Is there a preferred way to indicate this?

Some examples and thoughts:
something.doc doc

something.doc DOC

something.doc Word

something.d