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Re: Which WCAG SC it will fail when is absolutely no difference between a link and surrounding text


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Oct 5, 2021 2:42PM

On 05/10/2021 16:44, pratik roy wrote:
> If there are a bunch of links with same color and font style as the
> surrounding plain text then can we fail against 1.4.1. It looks clearly an
> issue to me but here color is not really conveying any information.

If the link and text look exactly the same to all sighted users, and in
particular if they have the exact same color, then 1.4.1 does NOT apply
since color is NOT used to convey any particular meaning, information,
or to identify the links. This situation currently fails no success
criterion. It's crap design for all sighted users, not just those with
impaired color vision. (in fact, it actually makes it easier for
keyboard users as they'll be able to find the links without having to
speculatively move a mouse pointer around, or wildly tap on a
touchscreen, in the hope of finding what is and isn't a link)

Patrick H. Lauke

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