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Re: Navigation bars

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 14:07:38 +1100 (AEDT)
To: HTML Guidelines Working Group <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.95.980203140003.22114C-100000@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU>
Having read the editors' helpful comments in their recent summary of
changes, I would suggest that the guidelines indicate that future user
agents supporting speech and/or braille output may alter the reading order
of the document. In particular, navigation bars may be read only in
response to a command issued by the user, or may be moved to the end of
the document so that they are not repetitively announced at the start of
each page on a site. To facilitate such intervention, authors are advised
to identify explicitly the block of HTML that comprises the navigation
bar: E.G. <div class="navbar"> [...] </div> or to use LINK in the head of
the document as a substitute. The second alternative only applies where
the target documents provide tables of contents, indeces, previous and
next sections in a composite document, etc., and can thus be classified
according to the link types listed in section 6.12 of the HTML spec.
Received on Monday, 2 February 1998 22:08:07 GMT

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