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Re: Web Authoring Tools that are Both Accessible and Produce Accessible Content

From: David Sheehy <dsheehy@mac.com>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2000 08:35:26 +1000
Message-Id: <v04210100b53cf0db518a@[139.134.82.181]>
To: "Gerald G. Weichbrodt" <gerald.g.weichbrodt@ived.gm.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Since there's been some discussion recently about Microsoft FrontPage and
>accessibility issues concerning the pages it produces, I thought I'd ask
>whether there are any reasonably powerful web authoring packages that are
>both accessible and produce accessible content as a matter of course.  I'm
>totally blind and am currently using FrontPage 98.  I find that I have to
>manually add images and their Alt content in the HTML view that FrontPage
>provides, but a lot of the other stuff is pretty keyboard-friendly.  Also, I
>like knowing that, if I get stuck in adding something in WYSIWYG mode or in
>seeing just exactly what I've done, I can easily hit Control+PageDown and
>have a look at the HTML source code.  This goes a good way towards making
>FrontPage a decent package for a blind person.

Adobe Golive 5 is purported to conform to the WAI. It is slated for 
release any time now. Check it out at <http://www.adobe.com>. They 
are also implementing accessibility in Acrobat and PDF.

Currently, I use Golive 4, and then run the output through HTML Tidy 
for Mac, using the XHTML 1.0 spec. Works well. I'm not sure how 
accessible the interface would be to the visually impaired, though. 
It has good source and "outline" editing modes.

David
Received on Monday, 8 May 2000 18:36:20 GMT

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