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Paola Kathuria <[log in to unmask]>
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Paola Kathuria <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 26 Aug 2005 15:17:20 +0000
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William Hudson (ACM) wrote:
> Imagine that you have a teaser for a news article on a web page. On the
> left is a small photo relating to the article and on the right is the
> heading followed by a line or two of descriptive text.

By the way, will you have a 'more...' or equivalent link
after the descriptive text?

If not, people with screen readers will encounter the linked
heading before they read the teaser description. It seems
logical to follow the description with a 'more'-type link.

I forgot to say earlier that a reason to have empty "" alt
text for the photo is that there's nothing meaningful that
can be written for people with screen readers in a
teaser-news-story situation when the order they'll encounter
content is photo - heading - description.

Have you considered putting the photo in the right-hand column?
You can then set the photo alt text to something like
[Read full article] and you won't need a 'more' link (although
I'd add them anyway as I don't like linked headings to be blue
underlined and not underlining them hides their linkiness).
(See for an example of article
summaries with 'more' links and with linked headings that don't
look like links. I collect stats on whether people get to the
full article by the heading or the 'more...' link. 63% visitors
used the heading link, and 37% used the 'more...' link. Hmmm.)


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