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CSS Speech ideas

From: Tom Gilder <tom@tom.me.uk>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 23:19:35 +0100
Message-ID: <109169005484.20030623231935@tom.me.uk>
To: www-style@w3.org

There's been some talk about "skip navigation" links being a hack
recently (see <http://tinyurl.com/f2nl>), but would it be right to
have functionality within CSS to do this?

More specifically, be able to do things like:

  * Set the order page items are read (like a z-index for readers?)
  * Set whether an element is read or skipped over by default (for
    instance, so navigation wouldn't always be read).
  * Create audio bookmarks that the user could skip to?

Personally, I believe the ability for a useragent to know exactly what
is navigation within a page would be *massively* beneficial to users.

They could set their reader to ignore all navigation, and then easily
setup a key to skip to it, which would be the same no matter what site
they were on (unlike accesskeys).

I'm not sure what problems here are purely presentational, and what
might be better tackled within XHTML (if anything).

Anyone got comments/ideas?
Tom Gilder, http://tom.me.uk/
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