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RE: Web Magazine featuring Accessibility issues

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 09:14:04 -0400
Message-ID: <01BF1A12.50299860.bbailey@clark.net>
To: "'Brian Kelly'" <b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>
Cc: "'Web Accessibility Initiative'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
It is great that you want to keep your whole magazine conform to the WCAG. 
 It would be nice if all web publications, when they run articles on 
accessibility, would actually take some steps to adhere to the Priority 
checkpoints!

I will warn you that you may be direct to places like URL:
http://bama.ua.edu/archives/adv-html.html
for discussion of general HTML and CSS questions.

From a quick look at your code, it looks like your sheet at URL:
http://www.exploit-lib.org/resources/css/main/exploitstyle2.css
does not include defaults for TABLE, let alone your references to DIV 
CLASS="table-x" (where x is incremented for each table.  I would think you 
want all the tables to use the same class.

Perhaps more significant than this, ALL tables are missing closing </TR> 
tags.  I don't think this is optional!

I don't think you would have any problems if your stuff parsed cleanly 
through the W3C validation services at URLs:
http://validator.w3.org/
http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator-uri.html

(I especially like how the page was last updated on 25 October, 1999!)

On Tuesday, October 19, 1999 6:26 AM, Brian Kelly [SMTP:lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk] 
wrote:
> I am the project manager for the Exploit Interactive web magazine - a
> publication which aims to disseminate information on the European
> Union's Telematics for Libraries projects.
>
> Issue 3 has the theme of accessibility and internationalisation.  It
> features articles on WAI and a project to create a world wide virtual
> library of music braille.
>
> We would like the magazine itself to be accessible, and are using style
> sheets for some (but not all) of the formatting.  Unfortunately I'm
> having problems with a table  - when viewing some (but not all) tables
> in Netscape 4.7 a large amount of white space is displayed before the
> table.  There is no problem in IE.
>
> The article is at:
> http://www.exploit-lib.org/issue3/nfp-websites/
>
> The problems relate to Tables 2 and 3.
>
> Any ideas on how to fix this problem?
>
> Comments also welcome on the accessibility of the magazine in general
> (there will be a EC review of the magazine next month).
>
> Thanks
>
> Brian
>
> PS Exploit Interactive issue 3 will be available at:
>
> http://www.exploit-lib.org/issue3/
>
> It will be launched officialy on Monday 25 October - the full
> functionality isn't there yet and there are still a couple of articles
> still to arive.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus
> UKOLN, University of Bath, BATH, England, BA2 7AY
> Email:  b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk     URL:    http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/
> Homepage: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ukoln/staff/b.kelly.html
> Phone:  01225 323943            FAX:   01225 826838
Received on Tuesday, 19 October 1999 09:14:42 GMT

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