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Old 01-24-2006, 08:49 AM   #1
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Just ran into this blog entry which has details of a study presented in Dec 2005. I thought some people here might find it an interesting read.

http://www.usability.com.au/resources/source-order.cfm

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Just ran into this blog entry which has details of a study presented in Dec 2005. I thought some people here might find it an interesting read.
Well, interesting (though I admit I didn't read in detail, but scanned and read details here and there)...

But it seems to me like a typical academic exercise: the researchers seem to have the impression that web pages generally consist of (one section of) content and navigation; they forget there is such a thing as pages with multiple content sections, or in-page navigation; they let people test web sites which actually do contain only one main content area and site navigation on their pages - no in-page navigation, no other page elements. And then draw sweeping conclusions from the results:
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It is our view, that a continuation of the practice of placing navigation before the content of the page will benefit some screen reader users, in particular those users who are still developing their skills with the technology.

It is probably desirable however, to present the content of the page before extraneous information, such as advertisements and related links, as well as the page footer.
Oh, wait, there is such a thing as "extraneous information" after all. And they say something about it, too - namely what is "probably desirable". Based on what?

Have they ever watched blind people navigate real sites?

It may be interesting but I find precious little here to guide the design of most real websites.

   
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