[Athen] Best practise for threads in discussions.

John Gardner john.gardner at orst.edu
Thu Feb 5 17:28:28 PST 2009

I agree with Patrick about top down information. But I fear we may be a
minority. Or maybe just unfashionable.

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Subject: Re: [Athen] Best practise for threads in discussions.

Hi E.A.,

Overall, after much experience & consideration, I give it a big Who Cares.
... But then I'm a long-time proponent of top-posting (when you open a new
message, the newest content is right there, & if you need context you can
read further down...). So it may not be wise to listen to me. ...

I suppose the "Re7: ..." method is better than "Re: re: re: re: ...", if I
have to choose a method of showing this.

If we're talking about an online forum situation, some sites use nested
lists very effectively to show subthreads. It gets a little wordy with all
the "nesting level 2" indicators (via Jaws in my case). But this method does
show very clearly which messages are originals & which are follow-ups.

That's my theory. I hope somewhat helpful.


At 03:22 PM 2/5/2009, E.A. Draffan wrote:

>This is a question I have just received and my feeling is that we need

>to get better at using subject lines correctly, but please can anyone

>give me some pointers to good practice.


>"I've been asked what would be the best way of conveying nesting

>structure to screenreader users so that they could understand whether a

>reply was to the original message in the thread or to a subsequent

>message. Do you have any opinions or resources on that issue?"


>Many thanks.


>Best wishes E.A.


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