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Re: Visible skip navigation links, was: good example


From: Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org.au
Date: Nov 12, 2003 7:54PM

Another group who rely on skipping navigation (but often don't use any
special assistive technology) are those with a physical impairment that
prevents them (permanently or temporarily due to an accident) from using a
mouse. See the WebAIM video for an interview with one such person -
http://www.webaim.org/info/asdvideo. A visible "skip" is very useful here.
For another nice example, see Monash University's new home page -
http://www.monash.edu.au/ - very unobtrusive.

Dr Andrew Arch
Manager Online Accessibility Consulting, National Information & Library
Ph 613 9864 9222; Fax 613 9864 9210; Mobile 0438 755 565
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W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

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Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind, The Royal Blind Society of NSW,
and Vision Australia Foundation.

"John Britsios"
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ts.net> cc:
Subject: Re: Visible skip navigation links, was: good example
13/11/2003 05:57
Please respond to
"John Britsios"

Nice example. But the link contrast between background and foreground is

Just an another accessibility thought.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Spruill, Kevin (NIH/NLM)" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "'Stephanie Sullivan'" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 6:24 PM
Subject: RE: Visible skip navigation links, was: good example

> Stephanie,
> >>... If someone is tabbing through a page, when done properly, they
> But why would >>a elderly person who is USING A MOUSE as you say need to
> skip the navigation?? The >>navigation is not taking up >>the whole
> page (it's generally at the top or on the >>side)... They must be
> reading? And if they want to navigate to another page, they'll >>click
> link...
> Let's see...if a user has their font size set to say... 150 to 200% in a
> (Mozilla flavor browser, etc. - or using an ipaq or similar device)
> skipping the navigation controls (albeit few in the first example) would
> very helpful...
> >>In the above site on nihseniorhealth.gov (nice example on the top bar
> btw), if I'm >>sighted and using a mouse, I clicked skip nav and it
> doesn't do anything... Because >>there's nothing to skip really.
> just a menu on that page...
> In the nihseniorhealth site, the skip link places focus on farther along
> the page, depending on screen size, resolution, and browser size you may
> may not see the focus change - for example:
> http://nihseniorhealth.gov/alzheimersdisease/defined/01.html - selecting
> skip navigation link allows the user to bypass the global navigation
> at the top, as well as all the topical navigation links on the left hand
> side. Focus is placed on the subject topic, and subtopic... Tabbing then
> places focus on the actual content paragraph.
> >>It would, however, be helpful to screen readers or people who navigate
> with the keyboard.
> >>Am I missing something here?
> Not necessarily, my only point in the initial reply to your question was
> that it's important to consider as many scenarios as possible. As a
> user, YOU might not readily see (no pun intended) value in the use of
> visible links... But there are a lot of users who don't use computers the
> way you would - or have the abilities you do... Or here's a better
> question... Why not make them visible, they don't hurt or hinder access?
> HK
> Kevin Spruill
> U.S. National Library of Medicine, NIH (OCCS)
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> Bethesda, MD 20894
> (301) 402-9708
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