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Re: Is this site accessible?

From: Marti <marti47@MEDIAONE.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 13:55:18 -0500
Message-ID: <087e01bf771d$0c40e640$ea50da18@ne.mediaone.net>
To: "Dine, Brooke" <Brooke.Dine@mail.house.gov>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
In addition to the problems you noted with this site a couple of pages into
it, it starts using frames that have no titles and there does not appear to
be any <noframes>
so I would say this NOT an accessible site.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dine, Brooke <Brooke.Dine@mail.house.gov>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2000 11:35 AM
Subject: Is this site accessible?

> > 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
> > 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
> > disabled.  The top of the page lacks alt tags for graphics, etc. and it
> > 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
> > seem to lack essential information for someone who is visually impaired
> > truly understand what they are trying to purchase.  Once you click to
> > 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
> > 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
> > how to make a site compliant, so, I'm always looking for examples of
> > 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 15:15:26 UTC

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