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www accessibility: BETT website drops 'alt tags'

From: Jonathan Chetwynd <jay@peepo.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 12:03:02 -0000
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To: <andy.wilkinson@ebc.emap.com>, <brionym@trenton.emap.co.uk>, <online@tes.co.uk>, "julie howell" <jhowell@rnib.org.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I shall be bringing a group of adults with learning difficulties to the BETT
show at Olympia.

We tried to visit the BETT website and were upset to find it made little
attempt to meet guidelines on accessibility. http://www.cast.org/bobby/  and
http://validator.w3.org/ are two means of checking.
The BETT homepage http://www.education-net.co.uk/ fails both miserably.

This is a pity, it lets us down, making us appear uncaring abroad, and
dis-ables almost everyone with special needs world-wide.
It is also very easy to write code that is accessible. For instance:
Alt tags are a simple but essential text alternative to graphics.
They allow text readers to interpret for those who are blind or cannot read.
They also provide text for people using browsers without graphics, either by
desire or need.

Jonathan Chetwynd
SLD teacher / www accessibility consultant
Education and Outreach Working Group member
Web Accessibility Initiative
W3C

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