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Re: Color of link text


From: Snahendu Bhattacharya
Date: Jun 27, 2016 1:47PM

Hi Joseph!

I think there is a gap between these two guideline.

By providing additional non color visual clue (1.4.1), you are ensuring
your links are clearly and readily identifiable, for the people with or
without color vision, immaterial to the fact whether user has focused on
the link or not.

Second part is about visible focus (outline/caret line) for the keyboard
user (2.4.7), when user uses screen focus to understand their current
focused location in the screen, they should be able to do it.

Now if you make the 'caret line/outline' as default
identifier/differentiator for your link, that would create confusion for
the user who is trying to tab through the page and can't identify any
considerable amount of visual change for the links when the links receives
focus, as because the caret line/outline is already present.

Preferably the underline (or any other non color differentiator) should be
present by default and then on focus to the link, should make a significant
change to the focusable element to make the user understand about their
current keyboard focus position. Either by removing the underline or adding
a outline/caret line (to be consistent).
On Jun 27, 2016 3:15 PM, "Joseph Sherman" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> In 1.4.1, assuming you cannot get folks to underline their links- if you
> have a 3:1 link and text contrast, does the default focus outline count as
> "additional differentiation" on focus?
> "Color alone is not used to distinguish links<
> http://webaim.org/techniques/hypertext/>; from surrounding text unless the
> luminance contrast between the link and the surrounding text is at least
> 3:1 and an additional differentiation (e.g., it becomes underlined) is
> provided when the link is hovered over or receives focus."
> Joseph
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