Repeated links and accessibility

Sean Keesler smkeesle at syr.edu
Mon Jul 30 20:28:52 UTC 2007


Its interesting that you mention the placement of the link (in a  
table cell or "right after" something relevant) as something that  
would make a repeated link more accessible. My gut feeling is that  
that would not be sufficient to meet the WCAG's. In fact, I would  
guess that the purpose of the guideline is to prevent users from  
having to derive that context using a screen reader but rather to  
make the purpose of the link explicit in the link tag itself.

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Sean Keesler
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On Jul 30, 2007, at 4:17 PM, Michael S Elledge wrote:

> Hi Sean--
>
> I think that having that information in the title tag makes sense.  
> Users can set JAWS to read title tags by default, but if they  
> don't, they can still understand the context of edit, etc. since it  
> will be read immediately after the document. It may be helpful to  
> add a column labeled "Actions" under which the edit, etc. items  
> fall to provide added context, since I'm assuming this is setup in  
> a table.
>
> I don't recall if this was covered in the original style guide.  
> Perhaps Gonzalo can shed some light there.
>
> Mike
>
> Sean Keesler wrote:
>> Is there a recommendation from anyone on the best Sakai way to   
>> display repeated links (ie: add-edit-delete) in a tool that meets   
>> accessibility guidelines?
>>
>> I noticed the following table in OSP:
>> http://alpha.lsb.syr.edu/~smkeesle/osp/viewCell.osp.html
>>
>> Which has repeated links for every item attached to a matrix  
>> cell.  The easiest way to handle it (which would be ridiculous)  
>> would be to  have links like: "Edit SOE Proficiencies-Row:  
>> Proficiency 1; Column:  Stage 1-f2 1".
>>
>> I've read that some folks use title attributes in their anchor  
>> tags  to designate a difference between instances of similar links:
>>
>> ie:
>> <a href="someplace" title="Edit SOE Proficiencies-Row: Proficiency  
>> 1;  Column: Stage 1-f2 1">Edit</a>
>>
>> I didn't wander across a Design Pattern for this...is there one?  
>> It  would seem to be a common enough issue to warrant a  
>> recommendation.
>>
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