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Re: Navigation lists and headers - best practise?


From: Jon Gunderson
Date: Aug 25, 2006 8:50AM

We need a way to provide a label for navigation lists, so a heading seems to be the best way, since many borwsers (unfortunately IE is not in this group, but Opera [1]and Firefox with the Mozilla/Firefox Accessibility Extension [2] to) and assistive technologies can navigate to headers with the keyboard.


[1] Opera

[2] Mozilla/Firefox Accessibility Extension

---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 10:32:26 +0100
>From: Penny Roberts < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Navigation lists and headers - best practise?
>To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>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?

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D.
Director of IT Accessibility Services
Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES)
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES)

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