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RE: Skip Nav Ideas

From: gregory j. rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 16:50:28 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>
cc: "'W3C WAI Guide Lines'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "'Katie Haritos-Shea'" <kshea@apollo.fedworld.gov>, michael_cortese@ita.doc.gov, "'Kynn Bartlett'" <kynn@idyllmtn.com>, "'Chiarito-Mazzarella,Jay'" <jay.chiarito-mazzarella@gartner.com>
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aloha, bruce!

i agree wholeheartedly with your statement:

quote
> "jump to main content" doesn't have to be
> invisible, and that there are distinct disadvantages to hiding such a
> feature.  For example, folks who are sighted but are not using a mouse
> (e.g., severe C.P.) would miss it.
> Section 508 requires this capability, so the discussion is really one of
> "how" and not "if".
unquote

which is why i included caveats in my display:none technique...

so, what is the conscientious webmonster to do?  i'd propose using a
consistent, and accessibly marked-up, "skip" graphic (optimally culled
from one of the online collections of icons/graphics) rather than an
invisible/transparent graphic, precisely for the reasons bruce listed... 

<a href="#main-body" title="Skip Navigation Links"><img src="skip.gif" 
alt="Skip Navigation Links" /></a>

although as to what constitutes an unambiguous "skip" graphic/icon i leave
to others to debate, simply noting that (a) a graphic becomes an icon
through use and reuse; and (b) the combination of alt/title descriptors
should provide those to whom the meaning of the graphic isn't evident with
clarification as to the intent/function of the graphic/hyperlink... 

gregory.

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