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RE: New York Times web site

From: Dick Brown <dickb@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 17:19:34 -0800
Message-ID: <5F68209F7E4BD111A5F500805FFE35B91AF0E311@RED-MSG-54>
To: "'Scott Luebking'" <phoenixl@netcom.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Scott, I don't understand why you say:
"... the use of text-only versions means that the NY Times is out of
compliance with the guidelines."

I can't find any checkpoint in the content guidelines that prohibits
text-only sites. 

The pertinent checkpoint seems to be 11.4:
"If, after best efforts, you cannot create an accessible page, provide a
link to an alternative page that uses W3C technologies, is accessible, has
equivalent information (or functionality), and is updated as often as the
inaccessible (original) page."

Would you please elaborate?

Dick Brown
Program Manager, Web Accessibility
Microsoft Corp.

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Luebking [mailto:phoenixl@netcom.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2000 11:09 AM
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: Re: New York Times web site

Hi, Gregory

Your response is kind of unexpected.  First, the use of text-only versions
means that the NY Times is out of compliance with the guidelines.

Another interesting aspect is that your comment supports what I've been
saying about the usefulness of multiple versions of dynamically
generated web pages.  It also points out that the guidelines may need
to have different requirements depending on whether the web pages are
created dynamically or not.


> aloha, scott!
> please let them know that the text-only slash low bandwidth version of 
> their site makes them the most accessible online newspaper that i've yet
> encounter....
> overall, their web site (with a few significant holes, such as the
> section) is easy to use, and is quite a popular source of news for blind 
> users, especially those who use lynx...
> gregory.
Received on Thursday, 10 February 2000 20:21:41 UTC

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