Re: Skipping navigation tactics

Personally I'm more in favor of the first of these two options.  It
associates specific information with the action that will be taken.

The second option requires that the user remember that on a site that's
what the company name link will do.  This is far less obvious, especially
if a user doesn't enter from the front page where this action might be the
only place it is spelled out.


On Tue, 20 Mar 2001, David Poehlman wrote:

> I would find the second method quite disorienting unless the words were
> correct in the alt tag which looses the intent of that image.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Timothy Stephen Springer" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 11:15 PM
> Subject: RE: Skipping navigation tactics
> Two techniques I found most effective and with little visual impact.
> First the single pixel gif with the appropriate alt attribute:
> <A href="#content">
> <img src="nada.gif" height="1" width="1" alt="Jump past all these
> repetitive
> links">
> </A>
> This is easy to implement, has little impact on the page, and has been
> around since the dawn of HTML.
> Another easy solution is to take the first image on the page, normally
> an
> icon in the upper-left hand corner, and have it link to the content.  I
> think this makes a good use of the logo (e.g.
> and
> relieves the user from having to hear "Company Name" on every single
> page.
> The one exception to this might be the home page, where you let
> alt="Welcome
> to company name.  In the future follow this link to jump directly to the
> content of a page bypassing the navbar."
> Hope that helps-
> TimS
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of Jamie Mackay
> Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 4:55 PM
> To:
> Subject: Skipping navigation tactics
> I would like to provide a 'skip navigation' link at the top of a page,
> yet
> want it to be as unobtrusive as possible. I know that making the font
> color
> the same as the background color is a no-no due to the the current crop
> of
> paranoid search engines thinking we are trying to fool them.
> Is it, however, acceptable to make the link text extremely small (using
> of course) so that it is actually almost invisible and include a link
> title
> saying 'jump to main text' or some such? Here is an example of what I
> mean
> (work in progess):
> If not, can anyone suggest a better solution?
> Thanks
> Jamie Mackay

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