Repeated links and accessibility

Gonzalo Silverio gsilver at
Mon Jul 30 20:34:30 UTC 2007


Nothing in the SG about this. Usual practice is to make the focal  
string a header, and structure the table correctly. These  
contextualizing strategies should take care of the issue, they tell  
me.  In Sean's example: "f2 1 (sean),"  "SOE Proficiencies-Row:  
Proficiency 1; Column: Stage 1-f2 1", etc. would be h4, and h5  

  But I defer screen reader questions to people that use them.

Am concerned with the possible verbosity of the title attribute  
(specially the default OSP Matrix titles) doing more harm than good.


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:
>> 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 there one?  
>> It  would seem to be a common enough issue to warrant a  
>> recommendation.
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  - Gonzalo


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