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RE: linked list alternative to nested menus

From: Paul Novitski <paul@juniperwebcraft.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2006 08:04:08 -0800
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At 03:15 AM 3/13/2006, Léonie Watson wrote:
>         Jaws has the facility to tell you about 
> the relationship between nested lists. As far 
> as I'm aware, Window Eyes also has this capacity as do other screen readers.
>         Using the code you gave as an example, 
> Jaws would announce "List of 3 items, contains 
> 2 nested lists". Either assuming that the 
> entire navigational structure was visible to a 
> screen reader from the start, or that a parent 
> link had been activated to produce a 
> sub-navigation list on a fresh page, the 
> logical step would be to jump from the top of 
> the parent list, to the top of the desired nested list.
>         Both Jaws and Window Eyes provide 
> shortcut keys to cycle through instances of 
> lists on a page. It would only take a single 
> keystroke to move from the top of the parent 
> list to the top of the nested list, removing 
> the need to repeatedly listen to each of the preceeding parent list items.
>         The beauty of this approach is that the 
> relationship isevident and the structure of the 
> site is conveyed through the structure of the lists. Simple and accurate.

Thanks, Léonie.  This confirms my current 
practices and makes a switch to a new menu 
structure unnecessary & counterproductive.  From 
what you say it sounds as though it's much 
smarter to mark up only the current sub-list, 
rather than marking them all up and suppressing 
display of the non-current ones from visual browsers as I used to do.

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