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Review of navigation bar issues for thursdays conference call

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 16:43:14 -0700
Message-Id: <199908242138.QAA27119@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
These are three options I am aware of for markup related to navigation bars
or in general grouping of links.  Please respond with your own ideas or
comments.  FOllowing the options is a list of some of the archived e-mail
discussion on the issue.

Option 1:
Using the DIV element and some type of CLASS or NAME identifier:
PROs: Easy to implement and author
CONs: There is no mechanism to reserve class names in HTML, there could be
conflicts if specific class names are used

Option 2:
MAP element
PROs: Currently used for image based navigational bars
1. More complex than DIV to author
2. What if authors did not want to use images in their navigation bars

Option 3: Schema
Schemas are a potential way to indicate the purpose of content or structure
PROs: Proclaimed as the right tool for the job
1. New technology and being developed
2. Not currently supported by UAs,
3. Not clear how easy to author
4. Not clear how easy for AT to decode and use

A few references to the discussion of navigation bars

navigation bars  Jon Gunderson  11 Nov 1998 

Re: navigation bars Charles McCathieNevile 

Re: navigation bars Jon Gunderson 

Re: navigation bars Marja-Riitta Koivunen 

Re: navigation bars Jason White 

Re: navigation bars Al Gilman 

Re: navigation bars Charles McCathieNevile 

Re: navigation bars Nir Dagan 

MAP navbars  Charles McCathieNevile  14 Nov 1998 

Re: MAP navbars Nir Dagan 

Re: MAP navbars Charles McCathieNevile 

Re: MAP navbars Al Gilman 

Re: MAP navbars Jason White 

Re: MAP navbars  Charles McCathieNevile  15 Nov 1998 

Re: Navigation bars and grouping of related links  Wendy A Chisholm  21 Jul
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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