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RE: List Markup to Achieve Skip Repetitive Navigation Links Functionality

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 16:47:14 -0500
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A03317E3F@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Fentress, Robert" <rfentres@vt.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Good question!

	-----Original Message-----
	[JMS] Rob wrote: Hello all!


	I am new to the list, so I hope I don't embarrass myself
straight out of the chute, but I had a question about providing users
with a means of skipping repetitive navigation links.  In exploring the
latest version of the JAWS screen-reader, I discovered that using list
markup for your navigation links provides this same functionality, since
there is robust ability to navigate list structures, including the
ability to completely skip them.  Just add a title attribute to the <ul>
or <ol> tag, describing what the list contains, and the user can choose
whether or not to skip it.  This being the case, is it really necessary
to put a skip navigation link at the start of listed navigation?  Is
this unacceptable, because not enough user agents provide this
functionality or has this just been overlooked?  I'll be honest; my
experience with screen readers is pretty much limited to JAWS.  Can
anyone else let me know if this would be a reliable technique?


	It's a  good idea, but so far I can't get JAWS to read the title
attribute on list elements.  Doesn't read it on the <map> element,
either, unfortunately. I'm not sure about Window-Eyes and HAL (Dolphin).


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