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RE: Recursive Links in menu bars - continued

From: Jan Eric Hellbusch <hellbusch@2bweb.de>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:57:03 +0200
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Hi all,

thanks for the input.

After reading the replies I think I should put my question differently:

When a link in a menu bar is deactivated, because the link would otherwise
point to the current page, do any users feel the page is broken or
semantically defect?

Considerations:

* the menu is on a static page
* See also Example #3 on http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/G128.html
* text (i.e. "current page") is additionally being added to the menu item
* the menu items are designed to highlight current items (also in contrast
mode)

The point is, that

* some people (as Andrew) ask, why should somebody want to reload the
(static) page and start from the top, and
* other people say, it is a question of usability/expectations to be able to
reload the page from a menu item pointing to the current page.

Somehow the answer to the above question seems vague. I personally would
deactivate links, but at the same time I have no straight-forward arguments
other than what Andrew has already written. And, if screenreader usage and
highlighting have been optimized, is it still a question of accessibility,
or of usability, of both or none?

Any more thoughts on the matter?

Regards,
Jan
Received on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 07:57:30 UTC

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