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Elizabeth Buie <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 15:46:14 -0400
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Jen Cardello wrote:

> b. what are the advantages, if any, to using right-hand versus left-hand
> navigation

One I hadn't thought of was mentioned to me by a blind person not
long ago:

Text-only browsers render tables and frames from top to bottom and
left to right.  A left-side nav bar forces the blind person to wade
through all the navigation stuff before getting to the page content.

It may or not make a difference to sighted users, but it really
makes a difference to blind users.


P.S.  Remember to put an ALT tag on 1-pixel spacer graphics too.

Elizabeth Buie                                  [log in to unmask]
Computer Sciences Corporation, Lanham-Seabrook, Maryland, USA
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