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Re: A.13 "if all else fails..." - please discuss proposed changes

From: Wendy A Chisholm <chisholm@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 1998 17:22:03 -0500
Message-Id: <199809162227.RAA06776@trace.wisc.edu>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 04:59 PM 9/16/98 -0400, you wrote:
>to follow up on what Wendy A Chisholm said:
>
>> Note.  Alternative pages should be provided only after you have
>> tried all of the other pertinent techniques outlined in this
>> document to make your original page accessible.  
>
>Maybe we can give a little more background than this.  Sites
>incorporating alternate pages can be highly effective and fully
>accessible.  It is just hard to do right and some people may
>still take offense.
>
how about:
Note.  Alternative pages should be provided only after you have tried all
of the other pertinent techniques outlined in this document to make your
original page accessible because of the  difficulty in keeping alternative
pages up to date with the full content of the original page (unless the
alternative page is automatically generated from the same source as the
original page).

>> Another option is to provide a phone number, fax number,
>> e-mail, or postal adress where information is available and
>> accessible, preferably 24 hours a day.
>
>Somehow the scoping is wrong in this discussion.  Site providers
<snip, snip>
>obvious.
>
we deleted this sentence, but it will appear in the techniques document as
a last, last ditch if alternative pages are not even a reasonable option.

>> <a href="wai-gl-techniques.html#alternative-pages">Guidelines and methods
>> for creating alternative pages</a>
>> 
>> ----- in wai-gl-techniques.html#alternative-pages ---
>> 1.  discussion of possible ways to create alternative pages
>> 2.  discussion about linking between alternative pages (alt to alt, rather
>> than alt to original, etc.)
>
>Repeat/expand discussion of where to put references to
>alternative services where same information is available in
>techniques document.  Basically, this should be once in sponsor
>identification per site and additionally at the entry to anywhere
>that usability may be rough for any group of user.
>
>Site design pointers (relates to linking alternative pages into
>the site):
>
>If there is a site index or "how to use this site" guide, it
>should be extra accessible.  This can furnish the effect of an
>alternative home page even if the site is not fully dualized.
>
>Review how obvious it is to get from an arbitrary page to this
>index or guide, and how easy it is to get to an arbitrary topic
>from this index or guide, as part of the accessiblility and
>usability review of the site architecture.
>
>Remember that many visitors drop into an arbitrary page and do
>not start at the home page.
>
good ideas.  will incorporate into techniques doc.

--editors 
Received on Wednesday, 16 September 1998 18:27:14 GMT

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