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rough comments on visual design

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 23:48:10 -0600
Message-ID: <4216D31A.7030104@w3.org>
To: WSTF <public-wai-eo-site@w3.org>

WSTF (& bcced remotely-possible weekend designer :-/

Below are a few quick notes on navigation design, mostly from the EOWG discussion.
Very sorry they are late & rough (my day did not go as planned & I'm exhausted).

> 2.b. Simplified navigation interaction design
> - previous prototypes had [+] and [-] icons before the navigation items, for example:
>    * http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/implement.html has the boxes without the + and -
> - recommending simpler navigation interaction, a few sample pages:
>    * http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/
>    * http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/gettingstarted/Overview.html
>    * http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/intro/accessibility.php
>    * http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/resources.html
>    * http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/implement.html
>    * http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/groups.html

* miss the clear node indication provided by the icons on the left; however, do like simplicity of not the whole [+][-] bit

> 2.c. Some specifics
> NOTE: We still plan to refine the visual design. However, we might not get significant visual design revisions before the next round of usability testing - thus the opportunity for brief comment on some specifics below (even though they may change later).
> - some options for indicating "parent" node (that is, there are sub nodes underneath it):
>    * no indication: http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/implement.html
>    * ellipsis (...) after: http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/e-implement.html
>    * >> after: http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/a-implement.html

* split on whether or not best to indicate parent or end node, some leaning toward yes & with ellipsis

> - some options for additional indication of current page/node:
>    * arrow on right: http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/p-implement.html
>    * arrow before: http://w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v7/h-implement.html

* neither worked well. maybe not need in addition to background shading (sidenote: would need non-color coding option, which coul dbe "invisible" img or such)

> 2.d. About W3C navigation interaction & visual design
> - http://w3.org/Consortium/

take-aways for current WAI design issues:
* some like horizontal line separating items; however, at all levels is too visually complex
* like that horixontal lines don;t go all the ay across and on the left have the same indentation (EXCEPT under "About W3C" and "About W3C Membership" should go all the way left under the word)

playing with doing this: http://www.w3.org/2004/09/wai-nav/v8/implement.html

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