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Inclusive Design Patterns by Smashing Magazine, Heydon Pickering

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Navigation Regions

The last couple of patterns dealt a lot with content, how to manage it and write it. But not all web page content is really content, as such. Navigation landmarks, for example, help your audience to traverse your web pages and the content they offer. In other words, they’re a bit meta: they’re content that helps with content.

Navigation regions are a tool with a long history, making them a convention you can rely on for inclusive page design. In fact, even the first web page ever created1 features a rudimentary navigation region consisting of a set of links within a definition list (<dl>). Let’s take some time to examine the design of navigation patterns as applied to site-wide, and page-specific table of contents schemas. This ...

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