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Re: Tab Order for Anchors

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 13:16:36 +0200
Message-ID: <3EB64814.3070109@sidar.org>
To: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

I claim that having a sensible order to start with, and not inserting 
any tabindex attributes, does indeed meet WCAG requirements for HTML 
documents, and that you can therefore lighten your HTML and remove a 
source of possible confusion from the generating code...



Matthew Smith wrote:

>> Right - if you have done something very wierd with the link 
>> presentation so they don't appear in a sensible order it is helpful 
>> to have a tabindex. Otherwise I would say it is not necessary. In any 
>> event I sggest it is better to avoid having a wierd ordering in HTML 
>> since control of positioning is not always reliable.
> I have to confess that my reason for the use of tabindex is more for 
> compliance than usability; when I create documents, I do a lot of 
> testing with Lynx (saves cluttering my screen up with top-heavy user 
> agents), so I have already made sure that the order in which links 
> appear is logical.  If links needed to come in anything but their 
> natural order, I would regard my document structure as flawed as would 
> re-work it.
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