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Recursive Links in menu bars

From: Jan Eric Hellbusch <hellbusch@2bweb.de>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:14:57 +0200
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Hi all,

recently I had a discussion with somebody about recursive links in menu
bars. We were talking about static pages and identifying the current item in
the menu bar. At the simplest level we are talking about the following
alternatives: 

<ul id="nav">
<li><a href="#">page 1</a></li>
<li><a href="#"><span class="sr">Current page: </span>Page 2</a></li>
...
</ul>

Or

<ul id="nav">
<li><a href="#">Page 1</a></li>
<li><strong><span class="sr">Current page: </span>Page 2</strong></li>
...
</ul>

Considerations:

* Visual ques are expressed in CSS. The currently displayed item in the menu
bar is visually highlighted with standard color settings and in contrast
mode.
* It is unclear whether the current item should be a link or not.

There is now success criterion in WCAG 2.0 to clarify the question, but in
the best practice technique 
http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/G128.html
the third example presents a possibility.

I would be interested to know how others go about the matter. Should menu
items that refer to the current page be linked or not? Are there pros or
cons with respect to accessibility or usability (in general), or are there
other (e.g. technical) reasons?

Regards,
Jan

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