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Re: LYNX-DEV <br> in link text

From: Jason F. McBrayer
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV <br> in link text
Date: 30 Oct 1997 10:37:07 -0600

>>>>> "LE" == Laura Eaves <address@hidden> writes:

Date> Wed, 29 Oct 1997 11:44:09 +0100 (MET)
From> "Peter J. Weyers" <address@hidden>
>> ...
>> On Tue, 28 Oct 1997, Laura Eaves wrote:

>> > It is legal HTML to put a break after <a>, but I would think the author
>> > would prefer the number be moved to the next line.

>> Then he/she should write proper HTML for it, I think.

LE> I got several replies saying i rewrite my html -- however
LE> the html I was referring to was not mine....

LE> In any case, my point is that since lynx is the only
LE> browser with a "links are numbered" option, who's to say what the
LE> behavior should be for a break at the start of a link?  Since one of
LE> the main purposes of numbered links is to aid blind users using
LE> screen readers, I think the link number should appear immediately
LE> before the first highlighted text, not on the previous line.

But the link number does appear immediately before the first text in
the <A> element.  That that happens to be a <BR> makes no difference.
The only thing I can think of that could be done that would be as
reasonable in this situation as what Lynx already does would be to
hilight out to the margin from the link number, as well as hilighting
the text.  IMHO while that makes sense, it would be wildly

I think the current behavior is quite reasonable as regards appearance
on a terminal.  What does it sound like with a screen reader?

LE> Also note that when the <br> is changed to a <p> the link number
LE> is 2 lines before highlighted text.  In my mind, this is clearly
LE> wrong.

When the <br> is changed to a <p>, you now have invalid HTML, and Lynx
is fully justifed in presenting it by causing demons to fly out of
your nose.  You may disagree that Lynx does a good job of recovering
from the error in this case, but you can't really say that it's

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