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Re: Which should come first - navigation OR content?


From: Tim Beadle
Date: Apr 25, 2006 7:10AM

On 25/04/06, John Foliot - WATS.ca < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Users of Adaptive Technology are presented the whole page in the source
> order it is authored in (minus the styling). For inexperienced users of
> tools such as JAWS and WindowEyes (etc.) there is an expectation that
> the navigation will always come first, as that is what they encounter
> most of the time - it's almost a Pavlovian reaction (not that I am
> comparing these users to dogs <grin>). Thus, when we as authors change
> expected behaviours, it *may* cause confusion. This is not to say that
> placing the navigation at the end of the source code is bad (especially
> with the appropriate "Go To Main Navigation" link at the top of the
> document), only that it may initially "confuse" inexperienced users.

Ah! By "most users", Ben meant "some inexperience users of AT". OK -
it makes sense now :)