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RE: error with MAP

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From: Jon Gunderson
Date: Jan 28, 2002 7:19AM


I don't know of any AT or main stream browsers that currently provide any
additional functionality for access to the MAP element, either navigation
or reading the NAME or TITLE attribute. The main point of using MAP now is
to get it in common usage, so that developers will see a value in providing
the additional functionality. It is also important for people to encourage
developers to provide features that support access to the MAP element.

It is important to note that both TITLE and NAME should be defined to have
both a valid and more accessible document.

1. TITLE should be used to give a label to the purpose of the links
contained within the MAP block. For example "Navigation Bar", "Site Map"
or "My Favorite Links". Since this is the main mechanism to provided
additional information about an HTML element.

2. NAME seems to be similar to the NAME attribute in the INPUT and Anchor
element. It was originally designed to be a reference to an image or as an
internal link, which has been superceded by the id element, but it is used
by authors for backward compatibility. The NAME attribute has a number of
restrictions on the types of characters that it can contain[1], so TITLE
can be used to provide a more meaningful description, since it does not
have the same restrictions on characters as NAME. But NAME is required for
the document to be valid. So if there is not image, NAME could be defined
as "links" or something that is still slightly meaningful.

Jon

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/types.html#type-cdata

At 01:31 PM 1/25/2002 -0800, Glenda Watson Hyatt wrote:

>would a screen reader read NAME? Is using both wrong, considering the
>current technology? I need to hit SEND soon.
>
>I love how there's no one answer. And outsiders think web accessibility is
>clear cut!
> >
> >
> > Use of MAP provides structural information that a collection of links are
> > related. The benefit of using MAP is that in the future browsers can
> > include functions for people to directly navigate (move focus to) or skip
> > the links contained in a MAP element. Similar to using headers.
> >
> > Use NAME instead of TITLE to label the collection of links.
> >
> > Jon
> >
> >
> > At 12:52 PM 1/25/2002 -0800, you wrote:
> >
> > >Thanks Joel -- don't remember which site -- bobby, webaim, jimthatcher<?>
> > >or...
> > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: WebAIM forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]On Behalf Of
> > > > Joel Ward
> > > > Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 12:44 PM
> > > > To: WebAIM forum
> > > > Subject: Re: error with MAP
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Hi Glenda,
> > > >
> > > > I suggest using DIV. MAP is a tag for image maps; you have a
> > simple text
> > > > navigation bar. I'm sure MAP probably won't hurt, but I
> > don't think this
> > > > was the intention of the MAP tag.
> > > >
> > > > You can use TITLE attribute with the DIV:
> > > >
> > > > <DIV title="Navigation Bar">
> > > > <P CLASS="navbar">[<a href="toc.htm">Contents</a>] [<a
> > > > href="question1.htm">Question 1</a>] [<a href="question3.htm">Question
> > > > 3</a>] [<a href="glossary.htm">Glossary</a>]</p>
> > > > </DIV>
> > > >
> > > > What is the reason for using MAP? Which site did you find
> > that on? I'm
> > > > curious why that was suggested.
> > > >
> > > > Joel
> > > >
> > > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "Glenda Watson Hyatt" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> > > > To: "Kynn Bartlett" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >; "WebAIM accessibility forum"
> > > > < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> > > > Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 3:21 PM
> > > > Subject: error with MAP
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > I'm using MAP for a navigation bar, as suggested by one of the web
> > > > > accessibility sites.
> > > > >
> > > > > Here is my code:
> > > > >
> > > > > <!-- Navigation Bar -->
> > > > > <MAP title="Navigation Bar">
> > > > > <P CLASS="navbar">[<a href="toc.htm">Contents</a>] [<a
> > > > > href="question1.htm">Question 1</a>] [<a
> > href="question3.htm">Question
> > > > > 3</a>] [<a href="glossary.htm">Glossary</a>]</p>
> > > > > </map>
> > > > >
> > > > > However, I get this error when validating the code:
> > > > >
> > > > > <MAP title="Navigation Bar">
> > > > > Error: required attribute "NAME" not specified
> > > > >
> > > > > Where did I go wrong? Should title be NAME?
> > > > >
> > > > > This is rather urgent as the Simplified Web Accessibility
> > Guide goes to
> > > > > print today. Help.
> > > > >
> > > > > Cheers,
> > > > > Glenda
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