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Re: tabbed interfaces - tricky question


From: glen walker
Date: Oct 30, 2018 9:57AM

Just to add to the consensus that Patrick and Isabel have already posted, I
don't think there are two types of tab panels. The first one you described
(and the third one you described, which is the basis of your question) is
just a navigation menu (but not a "menu" in the true sense of the word like
an application menu and role="menu" - that's a whole nother discussion).
If the nav menu is visually styled to look like tabs, that's ok. When you
select an item, if a new page loads but looks exactly like the previous
page but with new contents in the "tab" area, that's ok too. It's still
just a basic link to a new page and should be implemented as a basic link
navigation. No tab roles should be used.