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Re: Skip Sections

From: Steven Dale <sdale@stevendale.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 10:39:52 -0500 (EST)
Message-ID: <1998.129.174.36.201.1080574792.squirrel@www.stevendale.com>
To: <nick@webthing.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

YES!  That is what I meant by adding more skip links.  If the floated
section is small enough to view the rest of the main article, hidden links
are fine.  But, if you are going to jump to a section off the current
display, but still on the same page, visible links would be encouraged so
that those with graphical browsers but no mouse could easily jump to the
section not currently displayed.

-Steve

Nick Kew said:
>
>
> It seems to me that a list of links is not the only thing that risks
> interrupting the narrative of a page for linear renditions such as
> speech.
>
> I sometimes write a page designed to render in multiple columns for
> majority visible browsers.  Schematically, things like
>
> <h2>Main Story</h2>
> <p>here is a first paragraph at the top</p>
>
> <div class="right-inset-30%">
> <h3>Some subsidiary story</h3>
> <p>bla bla bla</p>
> </div>
>
> <p>This continues the main story, flowing around the inset.</p>
>
>
> This works well in graphical browsers, but breaks the story for
> linear browsers.  The alternative of keeping the main story together
> loses the ability to float-and-flow for the majority readers.
> Also "headers navigation" does nothing for it, because there's
> logically no header to mark the continuation.
>
>
> I think perhaps we need to view this kind of situation as a
> generalisation of "skip links", and provide a similar kind of
> workaround.  I have used the following, and wonder if it is
> satisfactory in all realistic cases:
>
> (1) Use the above schematic for the benefit of visual browsers:
> (2) Add a "Continue this story" link and a "Main story continued"
>     target before and after the insets respectively.
> (3) Style the "continue" anchors as "display: none"
>
> The URL in my .sig is a case in point.
>
> --
> Nick Kew
>
> Nick's manifesto: http://www.htmlhelp.com/~nick/
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