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Re: Skipping navigation tactics

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 07:28:12 -0500
Message-ID: <005901c0b139$3b1d44c0$2cf60141@mtgmry1.md.home.com>
To: "Timothy Stephen Springer" <timsp@ssbtechnologies.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I would find the second method quite disorienting unless the words were
correct in the alt tag which looses the intent of that image.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Timothy Stephen Springer" <timsp@ssbtechnologies.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 11:15 PM
Subject: RE: Skipping navigation tactics


Two techniques I found most effective and with little visual impact.

First the single pixel gif with the appropriate alt attribute:
<A href="#content">
<img src="nada.gif" height="1" width="1" alt="Jump past all these
repetitive
links">
</A>
This is easy to implement, has little impact on the page, and has been
around since the dawn of HTML.

Another easy solution is to take the first image on the page, normally
an
icon in the upper-left hand corner, and have it link to the content.  I
think this makes a good use of the logo (e.g. www.ssbtechnologies.com)
and
relieves the user from having to hear "Company Name" on every single
page.
The one exception to this might be the home page, where you let
alt="Welcome
to company name.  In the future follow this link to jump directly to the
content of a page bypassing the navbar."

Hope that helps-
TimS

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Jamie Mackay
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 4:55 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Skipping navigation tactics


I would like to provide a 'skip navigation' link at the top of a page,
yet
want it to be as unobtrusive as possible. I know that making the font
color
the same as the background color is a no-no due to the the current crop
of
paranoid search engines thinking we are trying to fool them.

Is it, however, acceptable to make the link text extremely small (using
CSS
of course) so that it is actually almost invisible and include a link
title
saying 'jump to main text' or some such? Here is an example of what I
mean
(work in progess):

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/gallery/govgen/office.htm

If not, can anyone suggest a better solution?

Thanks
Jamie Mackay
Received on Tuesday, 20 March 2001 07:27:52 GMT

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