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Re: Links to anchor points in separate documents


From: Sachin Pavithran
Date: May 19, 2004 3:43PM


From a screen readers prospective, I always found linking by anchor points
was more useful. Especially in pages that are really long. It just takes
more time when you have to read through the whole document to find a small
piece of information. As you know a screen reader user cannot skim through
the whole document like a sited user, instead they have to listen to the
whole document. I think linking by anchor points solves that problem.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ben Lobo" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 8:52 AM
Subject: Links to anchor points in separate documents

> Does anyone know if there are any 'official' reasons not to link to named
> anchors points in separate documents? Some of my colleagues think it's not
> safe because it can disorient users when the link goes from one document
> somewhere in the middle of a different (and possibly very long) document.
> While I can see that this is true, I can't find any literature or guidance
> regarding whether or not this is considered an accessiblity issue. My
> feeling is that, as long as I can provide clear navigational aids and make
> it as easy as possible for users to get back to the target's origin, it
> should be permitted.
> Ben Lobo
> Programmer
> http://www.adaptivetechnologies.com