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Re: Tabindexes


From: Terrence Wood
Date: Dec 15, 2004 7:58PM

Putting tabindex on your links prevents me from skipping your navigation
(FF 1.0/Mac). What this means is that I have to tab through your
entire navigation before getting to the content =/

Because you are using CSS why not change the html source order to
something like:

1. skip links [main content, navigation]
2. content
3. main nav
4. search
5. secondary nav.

that way it can appear the same as you have it, but tabbing will work in
a logical manner. I can choose navigation or content and my keyboard
focus will follow rather than tabbing through every link on the page.

Also, since you are considering keyboard users add :focus to your style
sheet, and for IE :active so I can get some feedback as to where I am in
your document.

Terrence Wood.

On 2004-12-16 10:57 AM, sethmr wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to use tab indexes to make keyboard navigation a little easier
> in the template I'm building.
> I can't think of any downside to this method. What am I missing?
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