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Re: visibility of 'skip links'

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 08:45:01 -0400
To: Tom Gilder <w3c@tom.me.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org, "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Message-id: <000f01c1fffc$2894dad0$91e03244@DAVIDPOEHLMAN>
use appropriate wording.  even if you have to say: "for keyboard

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Gilder" <w3c@tom.me.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>; <w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org>; "Scarlett Julian
(ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2002 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: visibility of 'skip links'

On Monday, May 20, 2002, 8:26:33 AM, Scarlett Julian (ED) wrote:
> I therefore wanted to hide it and attached a css class with
> visibility set to hidden. Does doing this present any problems for the
> people that would benefit from a 'skip links' link. I'm pretty sure
> screen readers will pick up the hidden link but just wanted to make

This is an interesting one, and something I've been looking into for the
few days, as I've been testing out aural browsers for Windows.

Sadly most of these are just IE combined with MS Agent (or another voice
engine) - which means pages pay attention to visual styles (if a link is
set to
display:none, it won't be read).

On a lot of pages, a "skip to content" link would make no sense on the
where the navigation and content are side-by-side - so you really have
to hide

I've noticed several sites (including the WAI's own) using a small
gif with the alt text set to "skip navigation" or something similar -
but this
seems to me as just a bit of a HTML hack - similar to using pixel gifs

So I'm really not sure what to do on this one, I feel like an awful lot
commercial screen readers are letting web developers who are trying to
accessible pages down.

Tom Gilder
Received on Monday, 20 May 2002 09:10:32 UTC

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