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Re: skip navigation


From: Joel Sanda
Date: Oct 22, 2001 8:44AM

Leo -

That's great information, thanks for sharing it! We share his view that a single frame with navigation can provide a means of skipping links.

Joel Sanda
Product Manager
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-----Original Message-----
From: Leo Smith [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 8:11 AM
To: WebAIM forum
Subject: skip navigation

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.

Leo Smith
Web Designer/Developer
USM Office of Publications and Marketing
University of Southern Maine

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