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- Avoiding link text duplication?
- Leif K-Brooks
May 29, 2004, 4:19 am
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because some browsers have a feature to show all of the links in a page.
But what if there's a caption, followed by a few different links about
the heading which either have to duplicate the heading or be
For instance, I have a page with some desktop backgrounds on it
(http://www.ecritters.biz/bgs /). The sizes (800x600, 1024x768) are the
link text for links to the backgrounds, which makes for very repetitive
link text. I could make the title the link when there's only one size,
but not when there are multiple sizes (like the lime background).
Re: Avoiding link text duplication?
Yes. This is especially relevant to people using speech browsers, text-
only browsers, or very small screen browsers. One might think that for a
page containing backgrounds for download, this would not matter much. But
it's still a good principle - and it's useful to remember that link texts
are food for search engines, too.
Then use some shortened form, such as
Download: <a href="...">lime 800×600</a>,
<a href="...">lime 1024×768</a>, ...
For a background that is available in one size only, you could use
Download: <a href="...">blue</a> (1280×1024)
If there is a large number of such links on one page, an advanced browser
would let the user request a list of all links in alphabetic order,
thereby getting a different listing of the available alternatives.
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