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RE: <link> element and accessibility/ platform support


From: John Foliot - WATS.ca
Date: Nov 13, 2003 12:02PM

> Opera 7 is not a screen reader but for anyone who did not know,
> any website
> that has implemented the <link> for related pages such as next, previous,
> home, copyright, etc., these links are shown in a link toolbar of Opera.

Ditto for recent builds of Mozilla (although, strangely, not Netscape...),
and Lynx has (always?) supported it. Note, you may need to adjust settings
in Mozilla to "see" the navigation bar. Go View >> Show/Hide >> Site
Navigation Bar >> and select your preferred setting. I've set mine to "Show
only as needed".

A quick check confirms that IBM HPR does not seem to support; not surprising
since it is based upon the IE rendering agent. Since JAWS (and I believe
Window-Eyes) also rely on IE, I would be surprised if <link> as a
navigational aid was supported in those applications (I have not tested)...

Re: the <link> element itself; interested list members should read:
http://www.wats.ca/articles/missinglink/49 where we advocate an adjustment
to the XHTML spec to add increased functionality (and by extension,
accessibility) to this under-used and poorly understood HTML element. Note,
what we are advocating here is not yet functional, although we are doing
some early "proof of concept" work which we hope to share within the next
few weeks. Feedback, as always, is welcome.

Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca 1.866.932.4878 (North America)

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