External link icon for file extensions should have alt text
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Description

External links show an icon, but no alt text is rendered. This should be added for accessibility.


Version: unspecified
Severity: enhancement

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Gadget850 created this task.Via LegacyMar 8 2013, 10:27 AM
Aklapper added a comment.Via ConduitMar 8 2013, 10:38 AM

Might be a WONTFIX, see bug 2443 comment 15

Graham87 added a comment.Via ConduitMar 8 2013, 11:52 AM

See this relevant discussion:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help_talk:Citation_Style_1#format_PDF_in_the_Template:Cite_journal.2Fdoc_examples

I've changed the summary to be more specific, now that I've realised exactly where external icons are used:
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Links#External_link_icons

Alt text for them would be far more useful for screen reader users such as myself when they're used to denote file extensions, especially PDF files.

Jdforrester-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitApr 16 2014, 8:05 PM

Note that there is now only one external link icon; however, as this is a background image it can't have an alt text set on it, so this isn't a trivial change.

Gadget850 added a comment.Via ConduitOct 17 2014, 11:12 AM

Bug 54604 is a discussion on restoring icons.

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