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Can User Agents adopt the lists that screen readers so eleqently do?

From: Steven Dale <sdale@stevendale.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 00:36:29 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <3523.68.232.129.117.1080538589.squirrel@www.stevendale.com>
To: <sdale@stevendale.com>
Cc: <andrew_kirkpatrick@wgbh.org>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Steven Dale said:
> Andrew Kirkpatrick said:
>> Ideally, users or people who are in a position to help should try
>> different solutions.
> VERY TRUE!
>
> Hopefully they will work -- a good user agent
>> would be a lot easier than dealing with sites with no skip links. If
>> you
>>  consider the number of designers that are not willing to put in a
>> single  visible skip link, let alone several, I have a difficult time
>> believing  that skip links are the solution you hope they are.
>>
>> AWK
>
> Possibly... But designers dont use Headings and continue to use styles
> to change the heading text which makes user agents unable know what is
> symantically a heading and what is just styled text.
>
> I would hope that, through effective website designing (including
> skipping of and to certain areas of content) AND user agents that can
> truly handle multiple modes of input/output, web accessiblity would be
> taken for granted.  I am not arguing against better UAs,  I am arguing
> for better website design to complement better UAs.
>
> -Steve

Actually, I wonder if User Agents could offer a list of links/headings
with the capability of setting the focus to a selected link/header in the
list? Similar to screen readers but in a side window? This would aleviate
the need for designers to code skip links or even some menus and just (or
almost) mark up the page with content, headings, and links to other pages.
 Images would be under content in this scenerio ( I am not mentioning
about changing this part ) But, what about adding a capability to list
images/figures too?  As in a printed document with a table of figures.

-Steve
Received on Monday, 29 March 2004 00:36:40 UTC

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