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Re: WAI Web site remarks and suggestions

From: Tom Croucher <tcroucher@netalleynetworks.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 15:00:03 +0100
To: Jens Meiert <jens.meiert@erde3.com>, W3C WAI <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <oprwvs6d1hu930jj@mail.icet.co.uk>

Hi Jens,

I know that WAI is actually underway with a site redesign so I am sure your 
thoughts will be taken into consideration there, but I would like to add a 
couple of points to yours. I would really like to see the use cases that 
were prepared (by me so maybe I am baised ;) ) by the techniques task force 
used on the WAI web site, and perhaps other use cases made for AU, EO, etc 
where they are needed. When I someone who uses the site reguarly finds 
myself stuck for a link to the WCAG 1.0 guidlines something is wrong.

My two pence,


On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 15:51:45 +0200 (MEST), Jens Meiert 
<jens.meiert@erde3.com> wrote:

> 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:
> http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/bobbyServlet?
> URL=http://www.w3.org/WAI/&output=Submit&gl=wcag1-aaa&test=
> -- 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.
Received on Saturday, 11 October 2003 10:00:14 UTC

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