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new tag suggestion - navlist

From: Michael A. Peters <mpeters@shastaherps.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:25:18 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <59144.>
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
It is common for websites to use nested un-ordered lists for navigation.

They use CSS for this.

Typically the top level list is displayed horizontally near the top of the
page, and mousing over or clicking on the items opens up the sub-menu.

This works very well with a mouse but it does not work so very well from a
phone touch-screen where it is very easy to touch the wrong item.

If instead of using the <ul> node with CSS we could use a <navlist> node
with CSS, that would make it easier for browsers on phones to understand
the context of the list and present the contents in a way to the user that
is easier for the user to select the right item. Kind of like how the
Dolphin browser does a nice job of presenting the contents of a form

Just a thought, a thought after spending a very frustrating 20 minutes
trying to get the right item on my phone before giving up and waiting
until I got home when I could use my laptop.

The HTML was valid and worked well with a mouse, it just was not well
suited for a phone. An element making it clear to the browser what kind of
information was in the list may have helped the browser accomodate.

Thanks for your time.

Michael A. Peters

Received on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 19:25:49 UTC

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