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RE: source order, skip links and structural labels

From: Alastair Campbell <ac@nomensa.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 10:02:16 -0000
Message-ID: <2A876A583754DD4E8E03CFE899FA160639719F@saturn.intranet.nomensa.com>
To: "Web Usability Roger Hudson" <rhudson@usability.com.au>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi Roger,

Firstly I'd like to thank you for sharing this research, it takes time and effort and I really appreciate people sharing their method as well as the conclusions - it makes these discussions possible. 

Roger wrote:
"Like you, we are aware that the user expectations relating to 
source order reflect the current state of the web"

Then a later quote from the results from the article:
"* Four nominated the 'Birds' site which had the 
navigation before the content.
* Four nominated the 'Frogs' site which had the content before the
* Four said they were both equally easy to use."

Then commenting on the results:
"we did not find much evidence to support the notion that, 'blind web 
users want to have page content presented first'!"

Given what people must be used to from most web sites (i.e. learned strategies), don't you think the results might indicate that content first is easier to use? Despite being an 'abnormal' way of presentation a web site, it was equally well liked. Perhaps if it were more common then people would more actively prefer it?

I'm not strongly arguing for content first, but it does seem a valid interpretation of the basic results. Perhaps there more qualitative aspects you picked up during the sessions that lent you the other way?

Kind regards,


PS. In the spirit of sharing research (neck on the block style?), this is from our investigation of Joe Clark's zoom-layout approach:
Use the "" button or print it for the full notes.


Alastair Campbell   |   Director of Research & Development
0117 929 7333       |   ac@nomensa.com

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