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Re: Menu lists

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From: Philip Kiff
Date: Oct 18, 2006 7:10AM


<EMAIL REMOVED> wrote:
> On 18/10/06, Penny Roberts < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> Christian Heilmann wrote:
>>>> Current practice seems to be to use lists for menus. Remind me:
>>>> is this to satisfy 10.5 (printable characters between adjacent
>>>> links)? Is there more to it than that?
>>>
>>> Let's turn the question around: What else would you use?
>>> Different options to choose from to me is a list.
>>
>> Hi Chris,
>> Thanks for the reply but on this occasion I need something
>> more concrete to point to: I need to be able to quote chapter and
>> verse so to speak.
>
> There are lots of guidelines that you could interpret for your needs:
>
> Divide large blocks of information into more manageable groups:
>
http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/wai-pageauth.html#tech-group-information
>
> Group related links:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT-TECHS/#tech-group-links
>
> Organize documents so they may be read without style sheets.
> http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10-TECHS/#tech-order-style-sheets
>
> ben

To Ben's list, I would add...

WCAG 1.0 Guideline 3. Use markup and style sheets and do so properly:
http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/wai-pageauth.html#gl-structure-presentat
ion

Checkpoint 3.6:
"Mark up lists and list items properly. [Priority 2]
For example, in HTML, nest OL, UL, and DL lists properly."

My impression is that part of the rationale behind marking up navigation
menus as lists is that, as Chris implies, a navigation menu is usually best
classified as a "list" (of links), and therefore, in order to mark it
correctly in X/HTML you should use list elements.

Phil.