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RE: Skip navigation in WCAG-2

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 12:43:13 -0500
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A0331818E@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: <tina@greytower.net>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>




Tina Holmboe wrote:
<blockquote>
On  9 Sep, david poehlman wrote:

> actually, assistive technologies can obtain info from markup and if 
> judicious use of headings and other mark up is used, this becomes 
> trivial.

  It does ?

  Exactly how would you suggest that, programmatically, an UA-AT should
  differ between a list of links (happens to be a menu) and a list of
  links (these are my best friend's pages actually) ?


</blockquote>

On the University of Texas at Austin's Library site, headings identify
groups of links; the links are presented under the headings as unordered
lists. The JAWS screen reader allows me to jump from heading to heading
(or to get a list of all the headings on the page) and/or to jump from
list to list using single keystrokes.  I can jump to a heading I want,
then tab through the links below it; alternatively, I can jump to a list
and start tabbing.  The US doesn't differentiate programmatically among
the lists, but I do <grin>, and I feel able to get around the page
pretty quickly.

On the Rampweb home page at http://www.rampweb..com, the navigation bar
is also coded as a list; css is used to display the list items
horizontally rather than vertically..  There are only five items in the
list, but if I want to bypass it I can jump to the first heading on the
page, or if I'm already in the list I can hit "d" to jump to a different
element. Or I *could* use the skipnav link.

John
Received on Thursday, 9 September 2004 17:43:15 UTC

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