Accessible PDF links

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This a rant, but I have to get it out of my system.  

Today I visited to get
some quick information.  I saw a link that said PCI Quick Reference
Guide Read More, and I thought, just what I want.

No. It was a PDF file.  I have PDFs open in a reader, I never liked them
opening in a browser.  This thing was (quite large) and not only that,
the damned thing opened up in full screen mode.  At the time, I didn't
even know that PDFs could do that, so I didn't know how to get out of
it.  I wound up closing the reader through the task manager, which meant
that I had to restart windows explorer because my start and menu bar
were gone.

I wish there were a validation rule, eg alt is required for img, that if
a link is to a pdf document, at LEAST a title attribute would have to be
required.  Personally, I do something like:
<p><a href="something.pdf" title="PDF document" class="pdf"
type="application/pdf">Some Document</a> PDF (size)</p>  The class pdf
shows a little PDF icon.

Okay, end of rant, back to work...
Adrienne Boswell at Home
Arbpen Web Site Design Services
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Re: Accessible PDF links

Adrienne Boswell wrote:
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Worthwhile rant.

Personally, I do something like:
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I do this too but without the type attribute. What does this achieve?

Tom Bannister
Oceanwave Communications /

Re: Accessible PDF links

On Sun, 04 Oct 2009 11:48:02 GMT, Tom Bannister put finger to keyboard
and typed:

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It allows user-agents that don't support that particular content-type
to use a fallback mechanism instead of trying (and failing) to open
it. It's only advisory, and most graphical browsers handle non-HTML
documents by means of a plugin or defaulting to download rather than
open, so for most people it isn't necessary. But for screenreaders and
other accessibility tools it can be very useful, as it allows them to
launch a separate application directly rather than requiring the user
to download and then open the target document manually.


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