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Re: FW: Skip navigation in WCAG-2

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 07:38:31 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200409100638.i8A6cVD02391@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> We are of the opinion that there may already be a reliable if under-used
> and under supported element: the relative link (<link rel="bookmark"
> title="site navigation" href="#nav" />, although a case could, perhaps

That's a hack, as it is using the title to do the job of the rel attribute.
Also, as others have pointed out, skip navigation links are really about
finding the start of the content, so your title should be "start of content"
and the href should be something like #content.

In a structural language, one would bracket the navigation in a block
level element, but block level elements on such pages have almost 
certainly been hijacked for layout table purposes, so real structure
clashes with the presentational structuring of the document tree.

Actually, if early GUI browsers had taken the (probably commercially
unattractive) view that they were information access tools for consumers,
rather than graphical engines for authors, there may never have been
a need to mix navigation and content on one page as the use of link
elements would have allowed the browser to find and display appropriate
navigation in parallel with the content.  (I suspect authors would
reject this because it doesn't give them enough control over site 
branding.)
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