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RE: Is AAA possible?

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 02:17:59 -0800
To: "'Jamie Mackay'" <Jamie.Mackay@cultureandheritage.govt.nz>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001701c06a6e$212566e0$0100a8c0@aries>

I went to this page using Netscape 3, which I have set to a black background
with white text because it's easier on the eyes. Oddly, on your page I
couldn't see any text at all, except for the links.

On looking at your page, I see that you set the background color using
bgcolor in the body element. You probably didn't expect me to be surfing
with my browser set to black background/white text, did you?

Although some on this list clearly disagree, I don't think it's possible to
be Triple-A compliant and use XHTML Transitional (not if you use any of the
elements or attributes that make it transitional) and your page is a good
example (the second in one day) showing why.

Had you used pure CSS, your page would have been easily readable to everyone
using Netscape 3, although it wouldn't have been as colorful.

Incidentally, in CSS browsers, this is a very attractive page. Simple,
clean, and elegant. I particularly liked the black and white photos with the
only color being red, thus matching the header.

Some of your text was a little small in Netscape.

Good job (with the above provisos).

Charles F. Munat,
Seattle, Washington

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Jamie Mackay
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2000 5:45 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Is AAA possible?

Hi, please let me know if this is an inappropriate post for this forum -
apologies in advance if it is.

I've just spent most of the day trying to make a page (only this page!) AAA
accessible: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/dnzb_exhibs/sport/index.htm

and I am about to give up on the grounds that I have other things I have to
do and I am starting to get way out of my depth in terms of my knowledge of

I was wondering if there is such a thing as an AAA rated site which uses
images and for which the CSS code is viewable? I feel the need for some
'real world' examples...

Jamie Mackay

PS If anyone would like to provide constructive criticsm of the page above
(either directly or to the group) I would be most grateful.
Received on Wednesday, 20 December 2000 05:11:55 UTC

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