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Re: Request for site review

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 10:25:02 -0400
Message-ID: <38F5D8BE.696D1EF6@clark.net>
To: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
CC: Web Accessibility Initiative <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I don't understand the devolution in the first place.  We worked on this for
a long time and it was good and now it is not.  I guess they have new people
in there and it is not carrying over.  I would also guess that the m e c
would have something to say about this because at least they used to monitor
sites that they linked to for access issues.

Bruce Bailey wrote:
> 
> Dear David,
> 
> The Maryland Government Internet Policy is in full force, which is part of
> the reason Sailor is committed to keeping their site accessible.  Perhaps
> they will provide a "low bandwidth" alternative to the home page.  My
> assessment is that only the homepage is a problem.  Do you agree?  From
> strictly an accessibility point of view, in the interests of providing equal
> access, I am very reluctant to suggest concurrent parallel pages.  Sailor is
> not serving their pages dynamically, so I would think this would be the
> wrong course to pursue.  I am not yet convinced that the homepage cannot be
> improved so that it provides the same (new) "look-and-feel" and cuts the
> download time by half.
> 
> Even without a mechanism for providing access to the onMouseOver content, I
> think the Sailor site meets the P1 checkpoints WITHOUT the need for
> alternative pages.  The content "hidden" within the JavaScript IS readily
> available from the primary (accessible) links.
> 
> The main Baltimore Maryland Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped is
> right across the Street from main Pratt Library which houses the Sailor
> Operation Center (SOC).  I wonder if Sailor has gotten feedback from those
> users?
> 
> Cheers,
> Bruce
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: David Poehlman [mailto:poehlman@clark.net]
> > Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2000 9:29 AM
> > To: Bruce Bailey
> > Cc: Marjolein Katsma; Web Accessibility Initiative
> > Subject: Re: Request for site review
> >
> >
> > Hi Bruce!
> > I don't have a creative way to answer your question below, I do however
> > suggest that they adopt the principle that if it is not possible
> > to make the
> > site accessible than create an *concurrent* accesible version of
> > the site.
> > Whatever happened to the maryland government internet policy?
> >
> >
> > Bruce Bailey wrote:
> > <snipped>
> >> I am still waiting for creative input on how to ensure that
> >> onMouseOver/onFocus content is accessible...  Please feel free to quote
> >> sections from URL:
> >> http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT-TECHS/
> >> to me!

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