RE: Click here?

Subject: RE: Click here?
From: "Ruhman, Rima" <RRuhman -at- encompserv-national -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2001 17:07:36 -0500

Besides possibly being "archaic" or "vague", using "click here" or "more" is
also discriminatory to the visually impaired. Screen readers generate "link
lists" (listing all links on the page) the visually impaired use to navigate
within a page. When the link reads "click here" or "more" the visually
impaired user cannot find the information he/she needs on that page. So
instead of reading "click here" or "more", the link will read "Description
of Item XYZ", "Page 5"

Government websites have already begun to make their website accessible to
the visually impaired and cannot use non-specific link names on their

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Byfield [mailto:bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 4:49 PM
Cc: Techwr-L (E-mail); 'towens -at- chubb -dot- com'
Subject: Re: Click here?

"Hart, Geoff" wrote:

> It's hard for me to imagine anything less than 20 years old as being
> "archaic", though I confess to being old enough (pushing 40) to consider
> "archaic" as referring only to things older than me. <g>

In this context, "click here" means "anything left over from the
last wave of techno-fetishism." In other words, anything more than
two years old. :-)

> I'm generally comfortable with hyperlinks that simply read "More
> information", with the underlining meaning "click here to get..."

Yes, "more" does seem to acceptable where "click here" isn't. I'm
not sure why, since either one is more wordy than a plain link.
Probably, it's just another fad of thought or behaviour, mindlessly
followed, and there's no special reason for the preference. However,
"more" does seem common on more technologically oriented sites,
especially news sites like Slashdot or the451.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

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