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RE: Indicating a non-html link

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From: Michael Burks
Date: Apr 29, 2003 4:55AM


You might want to consider providing links to viewers on non HTML
Documents.

Also I would be very careful about posting MS Word documents they can
contain viruses. I would post RTF instead.

Sincerely,

Mike Burks

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Subject: Re: Indicating a non-html link


From: "ED COHEN" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Indicating a non-html link

> We would like to alert our visitors when links lead to non-html
files
> such as to a MS Word or Adobe PDFs download.

When linking to non-html document I usually state the document type and
also its size (either in Kb or Mb) either as a textual link or as a
title/alt text.

> 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.

I dont have a screenreader myself but as I read in
http://diveintoaccessibility.org/ a screenreader recognize the title
attribute, which works as an equivalent for an alt attribute on an image
link.

Here's some example of what would I have in such condition:

<a href="the_2003_annual_report.pdf"
title="some description about the file - PDF file (123 Kb)">The 2003
Annual Report</a>

<a href="the_2003_annual_report.pdf"><img
src="the_2003_annual_report.png"
alt="some description about the file - PDF file (123 Kb)" /></a>

rgds,
dewa m widyakumara

ps. BTW I'm new in this list. So this is my hello world post :)



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