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From: Leo Smith
Date: Feb 28, 2002 1:39PM


Can I ask folks' opinions on acceptable anchors that the "skip nav"
link on a page should go to. Would it be acceptable to have the link
go to an anchor that is wrapped around a transparent gif, the gif
being located right before the main content.

The reason I ask is that I am trying to develop templates for folks to
use on our campus, but want to make sure that the anchors are
somewhere in the code that folks do not edit. If I place it around an
<h1> or <h2> tag right at the beginning of the main content, then it
might get deleted as people will be editing that part.

So I guess my question is, does the anchor have to be right where
the "meat" of the content begins, or would immediately before,
around a transparent gif, be OK. Would this be confusing to a non-
visual user who might expect to arrive right at the main content
when they follow that link?

Also, what do people think about having two skip navigation links
on a page - one at the top for the repetitive header navigation, and
one further into the page that would skip a long list of links located
on the right of the page, jumping down to the content after this list
of links (not back upto the first main content section, as that
wouldn't make any sense, as the user would have already
encountered that part of the page).

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!

Leo.

Leo Smith
Web Designer/Developer
USM Office of Publications and Marketing
University of Southern Maine
207-780-4774


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