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Re: Request for site review

From: Lloyd G. Rasmussen <lras@loc.gov>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 09:58:55 -0400
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To: "Bruce Bailey" <bbailey@clark.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, maneki@concentric.net, chong99@concentric.net, dabro@loc.gov
I went to the main Sailor site with Lynx/32 and with IE 5.01 with
Window-Eyes 3.1.  Attached is a copy of the Microsoft Active Accessibility
buffer which a Window-Eyes user will hear when viewing that page.  Any line
that begins with "link" should act as a link.  One would never know that
there was 29K of stuff associated with this page.  My initial impression
was favorable, generally.

But if you decide to search for something, the picture changes.  The edit
box is easy to find, and it has a good label which Window-Eyes and Lynx can
read properly, in or out of MSAA mode.  But where do you submit your
search?  Am I blind or something?  Guess I'll have to hack into the HTML to
find out why I can't search from the main page, or where one might do a
search from a subpage.  I would   think Sailor's own copy of Lynx won't do
any better, but perhaps it's pointed at a different page?

At 05:05 PM 4/12/00 -0400, you wrote:
>Dear Group,
>Please take at look at URL:
>and provide me feedback (on or off the list as you see fit).
>Maryland's Online Public Information Network has rolled out a "new and
>improved" look to their site.  They are interested in keeping it accessible.
>They use a whole bunch of (text-based) onMouseOver JavaScript.  I have asked
>them to duplicate the onMouseOver content into onFocus tags, but based on
>recent discussion, I don't expect that this currently helps screen readers
>much and I know that it does nothing for Lynx users.  So, where do they add
>the alternative content?  The SCRIPT definition is in the HEAD and NOSCRIPT
>is valid ONLY in BODY!  In Sailor's case, this may not be necessary as the
>sub-heading "pop-up" links duplicate those available by following the main
>heading links.
>(1)  What can Sailor do to improve accessibility.
>(2)  Is the site, as is, WCAG P1 compliant or not?  If not, why not?
>(3)  Is their a general technique for making such "pop-up" links accessible?
>(Or does one just ensure that said URLs are replicated elsewhere?)
>Bruce Bailey
>webmaster for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of
>Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
You are here
link Cruise the Internet
link About Sailor
link Contact Us
link Help
April 13, 2000
Maryland's Online Public Information Network
link Maryland Weather
link e-Mail Links
link Presenting... SAILOR's New Home Page
link Around The State This Week
link Arts & Entertainment
link Business/Employment
link Education
link Families
link Government
link Health
link History
link Kids
link Law
link Libraries
link Science & Technology
visited link www.sailor.lib.md.us/
Maryland A to Z:
Don't see your topic above? Try Maryland A to Z !   Simply click on the first letter
of your subject.
link A
link B
link C
link D
link E
link F
link G
link H
link I
link J
link K
link L
link M
link N
link O
link P
link Q
link R
link S
link T
link U
link V
link W
link X
link Y
link Z
Type search terms in the form below and press 'Enter'
edit box 
link Infotrac Search Bank
link Baltimore Sun Archive
link Government Printing Office Access
link Project Gutenberg E-Texts
link Access Maryland Public Libraries
link Maryland Electronic Capital
link Maryland State Lottery
link Maryland Share

Lloyd Rasmussen, Senior Staff Engineer
National Library Service f/t Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress    (202) 707-0535  <lras@loc.gov>
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