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Re: Skip links should be a markup problem

From: Tina Holmboe <tina@greytower.net>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 21:34:43 +0200 (CEST)
Message-Id: <200504081934.j38JYhZX007912@asterix.andreasen.se>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

On  8 Apr, Joe Clark wrote:

> <http://annevankesteren.nl/archives/2005/04/skip-links>

  Oh, no. Another one.

  Do we really, still, have to discuss this? The topic of visible "skip"
  links have been rehashed for ages, and laid dead. Note carefully:

   "I think that devices that interpreted a webpage should take note
    of its semantics." - quite correct. IF there are semantics to be noted.

   "If such a device encounters a list of links ..." - then that list
   MAY be a navigational menu or it may NOT be a navigational menu.
   There are no HTML elements with the interpreted semantics of "menu"
   today. It was tossed out, remember?

   "... or even more useful a MENU, NAVIGATION (both in HTML5) ..." -
   nothing support this non-existing "HTML 5", so lets forget about that
   suggestion. Using non-supported, non-standard, markup is a bad idea.

   "... or NL (XHTML2) ..." - nothing support the un-finished XHTML 2
   specification either, and it isn't likely enough will this side of
   2010 to be useful. Besides, it's "nl", not "NL"; and by following the
   logic already employed by the W3C it shouldn't be included in the
   final spec (anyone remember MENU? Hello?)

   "... element I expect accessibility devices to do something with
   that." - that's fine. When it comes to "skip" links, there is nothing
   to do anything *with*.

   There is nothing wrong with having in-document links. There never
   was. The discussion has gone from uninteresting to putrid. End of
   story. We don't need to rehash this every second month.

 -    Tina Holmboe                    Greytower Technologies
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