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Some comments on the Web Contents Accessibility Guidelines (26 Feb 99 draft)

From: Brian Kelly <lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 11:22:54 -0000
Message-ID: <019401be7131$aadb2f60$3c92268a@bath.ac.uk>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Some comments on the Web Contents Accessibility Guidelines (26 Feb 99

In the introduction you state "...accessibility design does not generally
mean extra work ...".  I think this is misleading.  It may not mean much
extra work if you are creating HTML documents from scratch.  However if you
are converting large numbers of legacy documents it can be (prompts to add
ALT tags can't be done in batch mode).  Also work has to be done to use
"safe" CSS features - otherwise pages may be unprintable in certain versions
of Netscape.  Unfortunately I think the accessibility guidelines have to
take into account bugs in widely deployed browsers.

Guidelines one gives the example "a logo in a link might be "Return to home
page"."  The "Return to Home Page" is a bad name for an anchor, as the user
might not have visited the home page.  I'd suggest "Go to home page".

Checkpoint 1.1 and elsewhere gives HTML elements in capitals (e.g. IMG).  In
the light of the XHTML document, arguably these should be lowercase??

Brian Kelly
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