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RE: Site Maps and nested navigation

From: Stuart Smith <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 12:26:33 +0000
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20051207122633453.00000003292@MARVIN>


Thanks Julian, your view corresponds with my own considered feelings. The problem is in the case the client (an internal one) may well insist so it may have to be a compromise of long lists for screen readers.

Seems to me that the solution lies with the middleware producers, the screen reader and browser makers. Nested unordered lists essentially have a cascading structure, main section, sub-section, etc. This could be re worked in a screen reader to create an list with anchor points to allow skipping. It would of course would rely on good mark-up so it can be correctly interpreted but then doesn't everything!

Anyone else got a view?



-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Julian Voelcker
Sent: 07 December 2005 12:00
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: Site Maps and nested navigation

Hi Stuart,

> ome menus like the
> dropdowns on Suckerfish

I've always avoided the drop down lists.  The problems are:

There is no consistent way of operating them across sites so can be confusing for the user. i.e. do you click to expand a menu or hover over a menu item. Also bear in mind that people are either used to the menus on Macs or PCs which operate differently.

It is a lot of overhead to be carrying around on every page.

They are confusing to use from a screen reader point of view due to the vast number of links.


Julian Voelcker
Cirencester, United Kingdom
Received on Wednesday, 7 December 2005 12:26:39 UTC

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