code navigation podcast web

Skip-Nav Technique

The “skip-nav” technique is a method for the online cursor to jump over a group of navigation links, usually a site’s main menu.

Download Web Axe Episode 6


Sample code:

Skip navigation
...[header and navigation links]...


This is the first paragraph

abbreviation acronym standards web

Abbreviation and Acronym Issue

Using the ABBR and ACRONYM tags is a great technique that is simple and works very well—with standards-compliant browsers, that is. Until IE complies to world web standards, coders must hack the functionality in. I despise hacking for IE and try to avoid it. But, we have to admit that around 85% of users are still on IE and we should try to go out of our way sometimes to gratify them. If this is you, please try a standards-compliant browser such as Firefox or Netscape.

The ABBR and ACRONYM tags give the user the full text for an abbreviation and acronym. For example, ID would have “identification” associated with it. Example:


But this won’t work in IE due to its lack of standards-compliancy. The method I’ve used the for word “ID” above so that it works in IE also is as follows: (the CSS would be in a global stylesheet, of course):


Is this the best method for now? Should we coders be using these methods at all?

alt code image podcast text web

ALT, Long Description, D-Link

Good and bad examples of the ALT parameter. Long descriptions and D-links: what are they and how do you code one?

Download Web Axe Episode 5

W3C on text equivalents

Code samples:

Ornate photo of Ms. Kensington

Chart of XYZ Corporation Earnings 1995 through 2005

Chart of XYZ Corporation Earnings 1995 through 2005

podcast promo web

Web Axe Promo

Here’s the first Web Axe promo clip (MP3, 64kbps 44khz). Feel free to play in your podcast or wherever else. Please do not modify the file.

Download Web Axe Promo 1

heading menu podcast popups web

Quick–But Important–Tips

Going over some simple but important techniques for web accessibility including text links, heading tags, close links on popups, and dropdown menu (select) links.

Download Web Axe Episode 4


Checkpoint 7.4 and 7.5
Checkpoint 10.1