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RE: Is this site accessible?

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 15:38:35 -0500
To: "Dine, Brooke" <Brooke.Dine@mail.house.gov>
Cc: "Web Accessibility Initiative" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002301bf772b$7737ade0$1aac66a7@151877>
It's not accessible, not even the home page.

It spoofs Bobby (not deliberately, Bobby is easily confused by JavaScript).
I will try to give more details tomorrow.
The "real" URL (that a text browser gets redirected to) is at:
http://www.victoriassecret.com/vsc/index.html?ignorecookies
Paste that URL into Bobby and you will get MUCH different results than the
"false positive" that comes up by default.

I don't think Bobby's problems with JavaScript are documented anywhere, but
it has come up on this list before.

Where does the CommArt article say that Victoria's Secret is accessible?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Dine, Brooke
> Sent: Monday, February 14, 2000 11:36 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> 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 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 15:41:00 GMT

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