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RE: Using Heading to Replace Skip Links

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2012 19:16:04 +0800
To: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Yes, sorry should have made that clear.  My test methodology is for research purposes as I have to give a score - counting violations.

If I was selling or recommending a site, it would need to have the skip links (and visible) or heads would roll :)


Regards

Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT
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From: Charles McCathieNevile [chaals@opera.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 9 May 2012 6:39 PM
To: Patrick H. Lauke; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org; Vivienne CONWAY
Subject: Re: Using Heading to Replace Skip Links

On Wed, 09 May 2012 12:11:25 +0200, Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
wrote:

> Hi all
>
> Wow, thanks for all your speedy responses.
>
> Judging from your responses, I'm leaning towards always doing an
> additional screen reader test for that point if there are no skip
> links.  I normally always check every page with at least NVDA anyway.
> If there are no skip links, I'll see if I can use the heading structure
> to get to the main content.  If so, I think I should assume that it
> passes 2.4.1.
>
> Does that sound reasonable?

Assuming you are describing your test methodology, rather than letting
people sell a site as fine for user setups that won't actually work.

cheers

> Regards
>
> Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT
> PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
> Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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> From: Patrick H. Lauke [redux@splintered.co.uk]
> Sent: Wednesday, 9 May 2012 5:18 PM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Using Heading to Replace Skip Links
>
> In which case, if that's how you see it, you can interpret WCAG 2.0's SC
> as only being fulfilled if a page has skip links. That's the beauty of
> WCAG 2.0 ... it's so open to interpretation :)
>
> However, this does open up more interesting discussions: if the
> functionality is available, but only if users have a particular
> browser/extension/AT, is it a pass or a fail? The argument seems to be
> that it should work everywhere, regardless of what software the user
> has. Taking it to extremes, does that mean a site should be usable by a
> visually impaired/blind user when they're not using a screen reader?
> Should we then require sites to be self-voicing? A strawman, admittedly,
> but this goes to the heart of "accessibility supported".
>
> P
>
>
> On 09/05/2012 10:09, Rajiv Shah wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> In plain English, I think that, without browser extensions, user agents
>> provide no method keyboard method to skp past headings on a page. Skip
>> links at least aid the keyboard user without the use of any add-ons to
>> provide this feature. This, of course, helps someone with a mobility
>> impairment.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Rajiv
>>
>>
>> ---- Original message ----
>>> Date: Wed, 09 May 2012 09:57:08 +0100
>>> From: "Patrick H. Lauke"<redux@splintered.co.uk>
>>> Subject: Re: Using Heading to Replace Skip Links
>>> 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.
>>>
>>> P
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