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Re: Web Accessibility Examples

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 10:48:53 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Ball, Guy D" <Guy.Ball@unisys.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0010121046300.24292-100000@tux.w3.org>

there is a similar example (uses some of the features you mentioned but not
all, and adds frames and some other stuff) at
http://www.w3.org/2000/Talks/0004-fose/slide33-0 for a before and after

This is part of a presentation I gave, and the slides before the one I
mentioned go through how to make a number of the changes.

I would be interested in comments on this example - it may be a useful one to
develop further and make available to people. (If I get requests I will do


Charles McCN

On Thu, 5 Oct 2000, Ball, Guy D wrote:

  To all:
  I'm working on an article on web accessibility for a national e-business
  publication and I need this group's help.  
  I'm relatively new in the field of accessibility although I have been
  working with websites for a few years now. (And I'm a technical writer by
  trade.)  I would like to help promote the importance of including
  accessibility in any design criteria -- whether it be a storefront or a
  company information site -- to the managers who set a direction for their
  web design team.  In some cases, the audience may actually be the designers
  themselves, so I want to stress both the importance of why they need to do
  it (legal, moral, business benefit) and how they can do it (with certain
  types of codes, inclusion of certain codes, using certain aspects of CSS,
  In pouring through some of the information sites and by listening to  this
  newsgroup, I have a decent feel for some of the considerations and things
  one should do, but I'm still having a bit of trouble with pulling it all
  together in a solid set of recommendations given a site using some of the
  modern visual techniques commonly used. 
  So if I can, I would like to propose a scenario and would appreciate your
  help in "fixing" the site.
  XYZ Widgits is a manufacturer and has a site with:
  Flash (or Shockwave) animation on the front page
  Java roll-over, fly-out menu to help select where you want to go
  Table-based pages
  Various graphics that need alt text tags.
  Designer had no knowledge or consideration for accessibility, so didn't go
  out of his way to include anything.
  Please be kind to me (some of the emails in this group get rather "testy.")
  My intent is to help the cause and if I can get some of your points across
  on a national level, I'd be happy to.
  By the way, I encourage all of you to take the cause to the national
  internet and e-business publications.  The more we contact these
  publications -- with letters to the editors or articles -- the more business
  people will take notice of what they need to do with accessibility.  That is
  what I am trying to do and there is plenty of room for others.  
  Thanks for your help!
  Guy Ball
  Senior Technical Writer
  Unisys Corp.

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