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Link Type Indicators
It is a good idea to inform users when a link goes to non-HTML content (such as a PDF file or Word document). It can be frustrating to activate a link and then realize that the link requires an external program or viewer. An icon (with appropriate alternative text) or text, such as “(PDF)”, is sufficient. Because screen reader users commonly navigate by links, it is vital that the link type indicator icon or text be placed within the link, otherwise this information is readily available to sighted users, but not presented in the context of the link for screen reader users.
Get ready to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA on July 26, 2014 by downloading the ADA 24th Anniversary Tool Kit from www.adaanniversary.org. The Tool Kit has everything you’ll need to join cities and towns across the United States as they hold events honoring the ADA during the week of July 21-18, 2014. The Tool Kit contains a sample Proclamation; background and history on the ADA; monthly themes; news; disability statistics; case law updates; information about the Supreme Court’s July 1999 Olmstead Decision prohibiting the unnecessary institutionalization of persons with disabilities; and other resources on the ADA – publications, events, videos, training. Download the Tool Kit now at www.adaanniversary.org.
It’s been a good week in the land of technology for people with disabilities – AT in the news for the week of 7/14 thru 7/18.
WCAG 2.0 and Reading Level
It is always a good idea to make content as readable and understandable as is suitable for the audience. For complex content (defined as that which requires a reading ability more advanced than the lower secondary education level), WCAG 2.0 Success Criterion 3.1.5 (Level AAA) requires that a more simplified and readable version of the content be provided. Much content cannot be made perfectly understandable at these levels (consider a college-level chemistry class, for example), thus it’s a Level AAA success criterion. Regardless of the limitations for some content, for a page to be optimally accessible, it should be written so as to be easily readable and understandable to the target audience.
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