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From: Leo Smith
Date: Oct 22, 2001 8:16AM
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This is in response to some discussion a little while back regarding the skip links 508 requirement and using frames to satisfy that requirement.
I have found that Jim Thatcher's online 508 tutorials to be some of the most comprehensive that I have come across.
He says the following:
Adding skip navigation links is not the only way to satisfy the Access Board Navigation standard. Frames, if correctly implemented, can also provide navigation that is accessible and pleasant for a user who is blind. To create frames that are useful, you must use titles that convey meaning.
If a user knows there are three frames, a banner frame, a navigation frame, and a main content frame, for example, then on entering the site he can go directly to the content frame assuming it is well identified. This is very much like a skip navigation link.
Similarly, if the user prefers to check out some of the navigation links first, that is easy too.
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