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Re: Wrapping up the ACSS Module Ideas

From: Ian Hickson <ianh@netscape.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 16:11:15 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
To: Sean Palmer <wapdesign@wapdesign.org.uk>
cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.4.21.0010171601190.984-100000@HIXIE.netscape.com>

Sean Palmer wrote:
> [...snip interesting proposals...]

As I understand it, the problem is that a document contains a navigation
bar, and the WAI guidelines say that this navigation bar should be made
easy to skip so as not to bore aural browser users.

Is this correct?

Assuming that this is indeed the problem, then there are already at least
five existing solutions:

1. In the content, include a "skip" link that points to just after the
   navigation bar. Then, in the CSS stylesheet, hide that link for visual

2. Aural browsers could implement a feature whereby saying "skip"
   automatically jumps to the end of the current (deepest) element, or
   jump to the end of the element that contains the end of the current
   sentence, or some such.

3. The content could be transformed using XSLT to include a skip link if
   the media is aural.

4. The navigation bar could be given using elements explicitly designed
   for this (<link> in HTML) so that the UA will be able to automatically
   handle the skipping of the navigation bar.

5. The navigation bar could be given using out-of-band data such as HTTP
   "Link" headers or an XLink file, and again handled specially by the UA.

Given that there are already at least five solutions to this problem, some
of which have been defined since the early 90s, some of which have only
recently entered Candidate Recommendation stage, is there any reason to
introduce a sixth solution at the draft stage?

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