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Fw: FW: Skip navigation in WCAG-2

From: Ineke van der Maat <inekemaa@xs4all.nl>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 18:49:12 +0200
Message-ID: <001e01c49756$1a59f060$1d197e50@ineke>
To: <Jamal.Mazrui@fcc.gov>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hello Jamal,

You wrote:
>I ask anyone suggesting the abandonment of skip navigation coding to
>propose a reliable solution for user agents.  My current view is that
>WCAG should, in fact, go further in this area by recommending a
>HTML or XHTML code that a user agent can look for.  This would help
>automate the skip navigation task, providing smoother, more productive
>web surfing for people with visual disabilities.

In xhtml 2.0 the nl -element is introduced for navigation lists.

"The nl element

The Common collection
A collection of other attribute collections, including: Core, Events,
I18N, Bi-directional, Edit, Embedding, Map, Metainformation, and

Navigation lists are intended to be used to define collections of
selectable items for presentation in a "navigation" menu. A navigation
list is required to start with a label element that defines the label
for the list."

Perhaps user agents should have built in a possibility that
automatically asks the user to skip this list and go to the content of
the site, meeting this element?

Ineke van der Maat
Received on Friday, 10 September 2004 16:28:43 UTC

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