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Re: Using Heading to Replace Skip Links

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 09 May 2012 09:57:08 +0100
Message-ID: <4FAA3164.1080301@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On 09/05/2012 09:24, Vivienne CONWAY wrote:
> The reason I ask all of this, is that some of the automated tools pick up the lack of  skip links as failures of 2.4.6. and others don't, especially if there are semantically structured headings (h1 etc).

Automated tools were never reliable, even in WCAG 1.0 times, as 
solutions are not binary accessible/not-accessible. This is even more 
true for WCAG 2.0 which is driven by SCs that can be achieved in a 
variety of known (what's documented in the informative techniques) and 
unknown (something that's not documented, but achieves the same end 
result for real users) ways.

> Frankly, I think it should be a requirement as we're wanting to make things better for people to get to the content, not more difficult.  However, that probably comes down to usability.

Then you'd end up having to add qualifiers like "Until user agents..." 
to the requirements, and focus explicitly on specific markup constructs 
(rather than being technology-agnostic), which are both things that WCAG 
2.0 tried very hard to shy away from.

Patrick H. Lauke
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