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Re: Site Review Request: MIT OpenCourseWare

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 06:39:31 +1000
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: "B.K. DeLong" <bkdelong@pobox.com>
Message-Id: <8F634AAF-D8CE-11D7-9FFF-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

Hiya BK

well, a div does group the things in it. For current implementation 
there's not much more you can do, beyond adding a "skip" link.

JAWS users don't represent the users of screen readers. People who use 
screen magnifiers are also likely to find that that they don't see the 
window changing (because they don't see the whole screen, just the bit 
they are looking at). There also lots of people who get confused by 
opening new windows. This is why I recommend putting the clue into the 
link text.

Cheers (and by the way, congratulations to you and all who have worked 
on getting MITs courses online. This is the sort of project that shows 
the full potential of the Web).


On Thursday, Aug 28, 2003, at 05:15 Australia/Sydney, B.K. DeLong wrote:

>> 2. Yes, you should group blocks of navigation links. Until browsers 
>> figure out how to do this better (IE is the standout on the very 
>> useful link element, and skipping navigation links without a nice 
>> structure and a "skip to main content" link are still not mainstream 
>> unfortunately).
> I meant in HTML....currently they're all "together" in that they're 
> positioned in the same section. Is there anything other than a <div> 
> that I should be using to designate them as a group?
>> 3. Yes, let people know. Add "pop-up", or "new window" or something 
>> to the link text is my preference, but there is an argument to be 
>> made that putting this in the title is "informing the user".
> Well, if it was done in the title of a link, JAWS will read that title 
> when it becomes active - right? That's the only user to whom 
> notification of a new window would be quite important, in my opinion.
Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
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