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RE: Skip links for visual users?

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From: Alastair Campbell
Date: Dec 17, 2002 10:29AM


Thanks for your reply Cath,

There are quite a few sites I've been involved in that this could
affect, but could we take my company's web site as an example?
http://www.nomensa.com

(Please note that Netscape Navigator 4 is moved onto an alternate
version.)

If you can turn off the CSS, you'll see that the code has the contents
in this order:
- logo
- Hidden links (they go to the navigation, except the homepage which has
help links).
- Content
- Navigation
- Footer
- Banner

The content is visually arranged in a regular table-style layout. It has
been well tested for screen-reader usage, and we are trying to establish
best practice for other types of technology.

The content of the site is targeted towards prospective clients, but the
site itself should be as universally accessible as possible.

I'll try MAGic as soon as I get a chance.

Thanks again,

-Alastair


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kilcommons,Cath [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: 17 December 2002 16:32
> To: <EMAIL REMOVED>
> Subject: RE: Skip links for visual users?
>
>
> Hi Alistair,
>
> To me, the most obvious group would be those using
> magnification software. Magnification programs such as
> ZoomText (by AIsquared)or MAGic (by Freedom Scientific).
> When it comes to just the visual interface, your CSS layout
> would not be affected. Many of these magnification programs
> also have a speech component and that is where the CSS layout
> might be affected, by not having tried this I cannot say for
> sure. What happens to that site if another CSS is applied?
> If you would like to post a link to try, some folks might be
> able to give you their results. There are also trial
> versions available.
>
> I think an argument might also be made that users with
> cognitive challenges might find a visual skip links useful -
> rather than sorting through info they might have difficulties
> processing, they could just skip over to the "meat" of the
> page. At CSU, some programs we offer for student use include
> WYNN (Freedom Scientific) and TEXThelp's Read & Write.
>
> Hope that helps a bit.
>
> Regards,
> Cath
>
> ---------------------------
> Cath Stager- Kilcommons
> Assistive Technology Support and
> Web Accessibility Coordinator
> Assistive Technology Resource Center
> <http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/ATRC>;
> Colorado State University
> 970-491-6258
> <EMAIL REMOVED>


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