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Re: Why Skip Navigation Links are a Hack

From: David Dorward <david@us-lot.org>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2003 00:24:10 +0100
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030614232409.GA24247%david@us-lot.org>

On Fri, Jun 13, 2003 at 04:16:02 -0700, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

> Skip Navigation links are there to compensate for a deficiency in
> Namely, there's no good way to designate "sections" of a page which
> can't be navigated through easily.  The browser can't figure out
> which is which, and so needs help from the author.

Skip Navigation links allow users to skip past repetitive content that
they don't want read/listen to/feel/etc again.

There is no deficiency in HTML, we have the <h?> series of elements to
mark up the beginning of sections, all the user has to do to skip past
the navigation is to skip to the next heading - but most browsers
don't implement features that make that possible, hence the use of an
element that browsers do implement.

On Fri, Jun 13, 2003 at 04:31:20 -0700, Kynn Bartlett wrote:

> Oh, PS: Skip Navigation links are entirely presentational markup for

A skip link is not presentational markup, it defines a relationship
between some inline content and another part of the
document. (Admittedly 'Skip to main content' would be more meaningful
as the link text then 'Skip navigation').

> one specific media type

One specific media type? I have personally used skip links when
navigation a page on a set of speakers, on a handheld device, on a
projection and on a normal screen. That's FOUR media types!

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