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RE: Skip Nav Ideas

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001 18:02:22 -0400
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To: "gregory j. rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, "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>

	I would prefer the use of an icon rather than a blank graphic, so that
anyone who needs/wants such a link, has it whether sighted or not ... 

	The icon should indicate where you are going rather than be a "skip" icon
... If all skips are to main content, then it needs to be a "main content"
icon ... one of which would be mighty useful on the various guidelines
pages (skip over that humongous list of links to supporting data and
explanations ... they should be either down the side of the page, or at the
bottom, out of the way of what you came to the page to get!


At 04:50 PM 6/4/01 -0400, gregory j. rosmaita wrote:
>aloha, bruce!
>i agree wholeheartedly with your statement:
>> "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".
>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... 
>DISCUSSION, n.  A method of confirming others in their errors.
>                   -- Ambrose Bierce, _The Devil's Dictionary_
>           Gregory J. Rosmaita, oedipus@hicom.net
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Anne Pemberton

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