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    Arrow Skip Navigation link only for people with disabilities?

    Are people with disabilities the only ones who benefit from the "Skip Navigation" or "Skip to Content" links?

    If not, please be so kind and explain.

    Thanks.

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    Nope. Ever view a CSS site in a PDA or mobile phone browser, or with styles off? Skip links still help you easily get to content.

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    Ensure you finish what you sta bronze trophy John Colby's Avatar
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    I use them - when I want to skip the navigation and just want the content.

    BUT

    Why, in a well designed page, is it necessary to present navigation before content? My logic, such as it is, says that you need to know what's on the page before navigating away from it.

    AND - is it only speech devices on which you think it's used?

    My take in design is that navigation should be subordinate to content for all users - if they know your site well enough they'll know how to navigate where they want to anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    a PDA or mobile phone browser


    Quote Originally Posted by John Colby
    if they know your site well enough they'll know how to navigate where they want to anyway.
    I understand your logic for the rest of it, but you can't make assumptions that the user will be familiar with your page. I mean... it's the internet. (Not that you aren't already,) try to make it obvious from the start.

    Also, I'm not sure about this: If you ARE familiar with the site (let's say it's a big site), and you're looking for a sub-page, wouldn't it be annoying to have to pass through all the content first on all the pages between the front and where you want to end up?
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    Ensure you finish what you sta bronze trophy John Colby's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnewt

    I understand your logic for the rest of it, but you can't make assumptions that the user will be familiar with your page. I mean... it's the internet. (Not that you aren't already,) try to make it obvious from the start.
    I did say - "if they know your site well enough". No assumptions are necessary - if people want navigation on browsers such as JAWS it's a single keystroke to get there.

    Also, I'm not sure about this: If you ARE familiar with the site (let's say it's a big site), and you're looking for a sub-page, wouldn't it be annoying to have to pass through all the content first on all the pages between the front and where you want to end up?
    The same argument applies. My premise is that a well enough designed page should present content first. The remainder is a function of the user agent to give the user ease of use.
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