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Re: Recursive Links in menu bars

From: Dan B. <danb@kempt.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:15:12 -0400
Message-ID: <50627340.9090902@kempt.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Walter Dolce wrote:
> Hi all,  Should menu
> items that refer to the current page be linked or not?
> ..
> An other reason, maybe for "technical" is: because the user is already 
> in that page he/she don't need (and/or maybe for market or whatever 
> reasons don't have) to re-click to re-open the same page. 

Leave it as a link--the user might want to open another copy of the page
in another window or tab.

Another argument:

When the user is not displaying the page corresponding to a menu item, the
user can do several things by clicking on (or otherwise activating) a menu
item link (regular click to get (a fresh copy of) the linked-to page,
open-in-new-window/-tab click to open in it a new window or page, etc.).

When the user _is_ already displaying that page, those available actions
shouldn't change (the actions previous available for that menu item
should still be available).

Consider a page containing a form.  Since requesting that page gets an
empty version of the form, if the user starts to fill in the form and
decides to start over, the user might want to click on the menu item
for the current page to get a fresh copy of that current page (with
a reset form).  (Yes, there are usually other options for resetting a
form too, but the user shouldn't be prevented from using one that
normally would work.)

Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 03:16:27 UTC

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