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RE: Which should come first - navigation OR content?


From: smithj7
Date: Apr 26, 2006 11:00AM

Go to http://www.empowermentzone.com/ to see the power of h2, h2 on
links. Our speech users love this page! Need to look at source code.
If the header tage wasn't used you can bet most speech users wouldn't be
going back to it over and and over again.

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Peter Weil
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 9:15 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Which should come first - navigation OR content?

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