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Re: 4.13.1 Bread crumb navigation - use of right angle brackets

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:35:18 +0100
Message-ID: <52385A96.3030801@splintered.co.uk>
To: public-html@w3.org
On 17/09/2013 14:14, Reinier Kaper wrote:
> Anyway, back on topic, the only really semantically sound way of writing
> a breadcrumb is (unfortunately) nested lists:

If you want to denote the hierarchy, yes. If, however, you see 
breadcrumbs more as an ordered list of steps (a recipe, if you will, 
that you need to follow, from the site's entry page to get to the 
current page), then an ordered list also makes sense.

As with most discussions of "semantics" though, it's easy to fall down a 
rabbit hole of over-specifying and over-semanticising things (or, as 
Jukka's example clearly shows, using "reductio ad absurdum"). Really, in 
the end, the question should be: how detailed and semantic do you want 
to be, and who would benefit from it? Would the experience be vastly 
improved for, say, screenreader users if they encountered a deeply 
nested ordered list that simply tells them where they are within a site?

Patrick H. Lauke
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