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Re: Please assist a web developer...


From: Joy Relton
Date: Jul 23, 2014 4:38PM

As a blind person who uses the web and also tests web sites I think that the
title of the page should be first. You can then either use a skip navigation
tab or have a Heading #2 as the "skip nv". For me, the structure of the page
is very important. I want to be able to move through the hierarchy of the
pae and understand what it is all about. This should be done with heading,
links paragraphs and the like. Otherwise, the web page is similar to reading
a lengthy document on narrow ticker tape which has been cut apart andthen
taped together. I have the same opinion about documents and software. Put
the important stuff in order of import in the structure. If you want fancy
colors and bolding and the like, fine, but make sure that you use a build-it
structure which indicates levels of import. THT.

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of G Hickling
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:23 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] Please assist a web developer...

I would like some comments, please, from blind and low-sighted users of
screen readers on a point of usability. Lots of websites these days put the
navigation menu on the top line of the browser window, before the site logo
and the rest of the header. Other sites start off with adverts from third
parties in the same position.

It seems to me this sort of thing must be a nuisance to screen reader users,
by leaving a lot of stuff to wade through or skip over before the user even
knows what the site is about (I know the initial title and description,
which are announced first by the screen reader, are supposed to say what
site it is, but we don't always get that right either!.

As a web developer I would like to know if practice of ours this causes
problems for blind and low sighted screen reader users, or are you ok with

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