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RE: [2.4] Summary of issues for guideline 2.4- skip nav

From: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2004 06:34:26 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20040903133426.39423.qmail@web41508.mail.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Greg writes:
    When talking to people who were blind – they said that a skip nav link for 4 items wasn’t worth it. it was easier to skip over them when they found
them.  That is why the larger number was used.
I suggest we talk to a bunch of screen reader users and find out when it is useful and when it is more work than the skipping.
Yes exactly 4 links is just ok to scroll / tab through but more than 4 (or say 5)  begins to become  frustrating and slow things down.
I believe the HTML specs say 5 links. So I'll vote for :
- five or more (first choice)
- more than five
In fact  Deque's accessibility eval and repair tool  Ramp-Ascend allows some customization here. In the analysis options it allows one to edit this value.
Again when links are in a list structure, a skip nav link is  not needed for a JAWS or WinEyes user, for example, as one can skip to end of list... the AT also announces how many items are in the list.
Sailesh Panchang
Senior Accessibility Engineer
Deque Systems, VA

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