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Re: Which should come first - navigation OR content?


From: Peter Weil
Date: Apr 26, 2006 7:20AM

I've wondered about this myself. Navigation menus, whether global or
local, are not really part of the content of the page (at least from
my point of view). If that's the case, then applying header tags to
navigation menus would not make much sense in terms of page
structure. On the other hand, using header tags for navigation can be
helpful (it seems) from an accessibility standpoint because of the
way screen readers can present a nice list of page headings.

If XHTML provided a structural element designed specifically for
navigation, we might be better off (the same might be said for other
common page elements, such as footers). But it doesn't, and so we are
left to decide how best to work with a less-than-perfect set of tools.


On Apr 26, 2006, at 1:12 AM, Christian Heilmann wrote:

>> Why not use headers (H1 and H2)?
> Shouldn't headers structure the page content, not the site content?
> This is the endless discussion about the logo of the site as an h1 or
> not, too...

Peter Weil, Web Developer
University Communications
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phone: 608-262-6538