The reason for putting the character there in the first place is
explicitly to help screen-reader users distinguish between links.

Screen-reader users have said that the vertical bar is THEIR preferred
character (even though this means repeating "vertical bar") since it is
not used for anything else and can't be confused.

Border is, of course, purely presentational and of no use whatsoever to
screen-readers and, therefore, does not fulfill accessibility

On Fri, May 9, 2008 7:31 am, Jens-Uwe Korff wrote:
>> The most common separator used in such circumstances ... is the
> vertical bar...whilst it is quite "wordy"
> That's the reason why I've started *not* to use it anymore. I'm using
> borders instead and add the class "last" to the last list element to
> apply no borders at all.
> Whilst a border is slightly higher than a vertical bar it avoids
> screenreaders to go
> "home vertical bar latest posts vertical bar contact us vertical bar
> sitemap vertical bar ...."
> Cheers,
> Jens
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