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Site Maps and nested navigation

From: Stuart Smith <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 10:27:49 +0000
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20051207102749531.00000003292@MARVIN>

Hi Guys and Gals


Be interested on some opinions here. Most site maps with good mark-up seem to be an unordered list with nesting and some menus like the dropdowns on Suckerfish [http://www.htmldog.com/articles/suckerfish/example/] essentially degrade to unordered lists with nesting when used with a screen reader or with style switched off. The problem this creates though is long lists of navigation with no means of skipping through for screen reader users. 

I cannot think of way around this without using anchor tags. This is not so bad for site maps but would be a problem for dropdown menu's etc as it would add a fair bit of text and break the flow for sighted users. Unless I hid them in background but that would limit their availability.

I would have hoped that because they are nested lists then a screen reader would have let you skipped from section to section but that does not seem to be the case in Homepage Reader.

Any ideas anyone?

Cheers

Stu 
Received on Wednesday, 7 December 2005 10:28:18 GMT

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