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Re: Navigation lists and headers - best practise?


From: ben morrison
Date: Aug 24, 2006 3:50AM

On 8/24/06, Penny Roberts < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Jon Gunderson wrote:
> > It allows navigation bars:
> >
> > 1. Many browsers and assistive technologies allow for header navigation
> But is it a necessity? (I'm not saying that it *isn't* I'm just
> inviting discussion.)
> > 2. When stylesheets are turned off the list of links has a label related to what the links are
> But if the page is written so that it still makes sense with style
> disabled isn't it still obvious what a list of links is?
> The best practice page for this suggests using CSS to hide it from
> graphocal rendering so presumably it is really aimed at non-visual
> browsers. Could a screen reader user comment on the need for a heading?

Recently I've started using headings for subnavigation. For example,
you have clicked on about us:

<h2>Explore about us</h2>
<ul><li> ..... </li></ul>

It hepls visual users and I would guess screen readers as well. I do
use source ordering so my main content will be before my subnavigation
so I can use a h2.


Ben Morrison