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Some comments on W3 beta web sites

From: Sylvie duchateau <sylvie.duchateau@snv.jussieu.fr>
Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2009 12:13:11 +0200
Message-ID: <4AA4DCB7.2030308@snv.jussieu.fr>
To: site-comments@w3.org
Cc: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>, Denis Boulay <denis.boulay@accessiweb.org>, Benoit Klein <benoit.klein@accessiweb.org>
here are some comments from two colleagues and myself while browsing on
the new W3C beta redesign Web site.
1. On the Homepage, part Events, date: year is written in white on
green: contrast ratio is 2:1 which is not visible enough.
2. The color of the images from the "permalink": the color contrast is
1.8:1 and is not easy to identify.
3. In page: press and analyst: http://beta.w3.org/Consortium/presskit.html
the links leading to the e-mails are only indicated by colour. Link
underlying has disappeared.
4. for all pages: Skip link: the title of the link would be more
explicit if it says that this link is dedicated for people browsing with
a keyboard. People using audio for browsing do not automatically use
this link. It is useful when you tab, because it is the first link you
reach. But when you listen to the page, the link is located after the
navigation just before the content. It would be more helpful for people
using audio to hear the link at the beginning of the page if they want
to activate it to reach the content of the page. I tried tabbing from
the first link to the end with a screen reader (Jaws 9.0 with IE8 and
Firefox 3.5) and the first link it tabs to is not the skip link but  the
link to W3C home page, then the search.
5. The location of the skip to content link seems to us to be incorrect
semantically as it is included in the bread crumbs in the list. For
-skip to content
- W3C
- about W3C
Press and analysts
6. Informing about content in news: the user is only informed visually
(through an arrow in CSS) that more text can be displayed on one news
item. For example, clicking on "W3C Germany and Austria Office Moves to
Potsdam" will display the text: "After 12 years of successful work at
Fraunhofer (or former GMD) the
W3C Germany and Austria Office moves from Sankt Augustin (near Bonn) to
Postdam (near Berlin)..." It is only clear visually that you can hide or
show this content.
7. Usability issue: in choosing choose by region, the button is called
"go". It would be more helpful to read "choose a region" "select a region".
8. When tabbing through the links "mobile", "print", "desktop" with
Firefox 3.5, it is not evident to see where the focus is, as not only
one link is shown but more.
9. When reading the links allowing to choose a view, the link "desktop"
is not easy to understand if you do not have access to its title. I had
a look at the video presentation of the site that explains that one can
use threee views : screen, print and mobile. I think the word "screen"
would be more appropriate than the word "desktop".
Best regards
Sylvie Duchateau
Association BrailleNet
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Received on Monday, 7 September 2009 10:14:33 UTC

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