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Review of navigation bar issues for thursdays conference call

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 16:43:14 -0700
Message-Id: <199908242138.QAA27119@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
These are three options I am aware of for markup related to navigation bars
or in general grouping of links.  Please respond with your own ideas or
comments.  FOllowing the options is a list of some of the archived e-mail
discussion on the issue.

Option 1:
Using the DIV element and some type of CLASS or NAME identifier:
PROs: Easy to implement and author
CONs: There is no mechanism to reserve class names in HTML, there could be
conflicts if specific class names are used

Option 2:
MAP element
PROs: Currently used for image based navigational bars
CONs: 
1. More complex than DIV to author
2. What if authors did not want to use images in their navigation bars

Option 3: Schema
Schemas are a potential way to indicate the purpose of content or structure
PROs: Proclaimed as the right tool for the job
CONs: 
1. New technology and being developed
2. Not currently supported by UAs,
3. Not clear how easy to author
4. Not clear how easy for AT to decode and use


A few references to the discussion of navigation bars

navigation bars  Jon Gunderson  11 Nov 1998 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0178.html

Re: navigation bars Charles McCathieNevile 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0184.html

Re: navigation bars Jon Gunderson 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0185.html

Re: navigation bars Marja-Riitta Koivunen 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0186.html

Re: navigation bars Jason White 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0188.html

Re: navigation bars Al Gilman 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0189.html

Re: navigation bars Charles McCathieNevile 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0192.html

Re: navigation bars Nir Dagan 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0197.html

MAP navbars  Charles McCathieNevile  14 Nov 1998 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0198.html

Re: MAP navbars Nir Dagan 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0199.html

Re: MAP navbars Charles McCathieNevile 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0200.html

Re: MAP navbars Al Gilman 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0201.html

Re: MAP navbars Jason White 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0202.html

Re: MAP navbars  Charles McCathieNevile  15 Nov 1998 
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1998OctDec/0203.html

Re: Navigation bars and grouping of related links  Wendy A Chisholm  21 Jul
1999
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/1999JulSep/0145.html
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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