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WAI Web site remarks and suggestions

From: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 15:51:45 +0200 (MEST)
To: "W3C WAI" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <22109.1065880305@www37.gmx.net>

Hi *,

the following part is not supposed to be an allegation, but only a factual
remark -- when I just visited the WAI Web site (I often look at the source
code first when visiting a site; sort of developer syndrome, I guess), some more
or less important issues striked me, most of them related to Accessibility,
as a matter of course.

So I e.g. wondered why the WAI doesn't use Accesskeys on its site, nor is it
fulfilling the own goals in relation to table use (the tables don't comply
with real data tables, and they don't use any <caption />, either, as
discussed in about 1,000 mails before). The WAI also passes on alternative styles
(e.g. for aural use) and it also uses color schemes where I don't know if they
are that perfect (because of the minor contrast).

There are of course several other topics related to this WAI figurehead, but
I'm too lazy to list them all, so I only decided to put an additional Bobby
analysis link in here:


-- By the way, although the WAI Web site might be a quite simple site, it
also brings up some Usability problems by not really communicating what it's
even about, and breaking standards by e.g. linking the WAI logo to the WAI Web
site (although you're already there; it's recommended not to link to the
start page if you're quite there) or putting the navigation to the right side.
And 'switch column layout' is just an unnecessary and confusing gimmick.

Only some thoughts to lead the Web to its full potential ;) And seriously: I
think the WAI WG should set a good example, and it should be in our own
interest to show how it's done best.

All the best,

Jens Meiert
Interface Architect

Received on Saturday, 11 October 2003 09:55:09 UTC

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