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RE: Navigational features

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 12:30:34 -0600
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Thanks Gregg, and I agree. My concern is requiring content that looks like a
heading to be marked up as a heading to facilitate in-page navigation.
Example is a heading image on the left side of http://borders.com with the
text "Browse" in white letters on a greenish-blue background. You pointed me
to 1.3 (Perceivable structures within the content can be programmatically
determined.) instead of 2.4.1 where I was looking. OK.

When you go to my.yahoo.com, there are a number of pieces of content that
look like headings, content that most would agree are headings. Apply 1.3:
They all are in table cells (marked <td>) with class "hb t1". I think with
that information you can programmatically determine those structures. The
problem is this: The structures are programmatically determined; what kind
of structure is NOT determined. (BTW, they are marked as H1's on

I am trying to get at something like, "perceivable structures and their
purpose (like list, heading, paragraph) can be programmatically determined."
It is not enough to be able to detect the structures. And I don't like that
wording either.

And the converse says use markup correctly, so when we programmatically
detect structure and purpose, it is accurate, e.g., an h3 really is a level
three heading (not a list item as on my.yahoo.com).   

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