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Is this site accessible?

From: Dine, Brooke <Brooke.Dine@mail.house.gov>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 11:35:38 -0500
Message-ID: <49894AC4E8A3D211ACDB0008C75DC8F2025C9313@hrm09.house.gov>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Hello All:
> 
> I've come across an interesting article which states that the Victoria's
> Secret site is a completely accessible site.  It was picked as the site of
> the week by CommArt.com (just for Valentine's Day!) and the article is
> located at http://www.commarts.com/interactive/index.html. The site is
> located at http://www.victoriassecret.com. 
> 
> I looked at the site in IE 5.0 with the graphics turned off and javascript
> disabled.  The top of the page lacks alt tags for graphics, etc. and it is
> only when you scroll to the middle of the page that your see the "text
> only" link.  This links to the  bottom of the page where all of the
> categories are listed in a site map style layout.  However, when you
> select the links from this page, you are directed back into the graphic
> pages with haphazard "alt" tags, etc.   And the descriptions for the items
> seem to lack essential information for someone who is visually impaired to
> truly understand what they are trying to purchase.  Once you click to the
> item's page, there is a decent description of the item, but the color,
> size and quantity are presented in three separate drop down boxes.  
> 
> I checked the URL against Bobby and it passed with the exception of one
> instance where there was no provision of alternative content for each
> SCRIPT that conveys important information or function, and they needed to
> ensure that descriptions of dynamic content are updated with changes in
> content. 
> 
> I would argue that they've attempted to make their site somewhat
> accessible, but they have not been completely thorough in providing alt
> tags, etc. (This is just my opinion.) I'm working very hard to understand
> how to make a site compliant, so, I'm always looking for examples of sites
> which are designed with accessibility in mind.  
> 
	Any opinions on this site would be appreciated, and should be
interesting considering the subject matter!

> Thanks for your input.
> 
Regards. 
Brooke Dine
Sr. Web Developer
Office of the Clerk
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20515
202.226.4943
Received on Monday, 14 February 2000 11:36:22 GMT

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