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From: Michael R. Burks <mburks952@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 10:17:19 -0500
To: "WAI IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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All,

if you take a look now at

http://www.nbcolympics.com/x/f/frame.htm?u=/news/nbcomain_front.asp

and http://www.saltlake2002.com/x/f/frame.htm?u=/news/slocmain_front.asp

you will see a great similarity.  The presentation appears to be the same,
but he content is not identical.

There is some improvement.  They have added alt tags.  However there are
still many that are missing. 37 on the home page to be exact.

However now dropdown menus are being used with JavaScript and I do not see
equivalent links provided.  These links are not provided on either the
originating page, nor on the destination page.  So if you cannot read the
drop down links, you will not be able to use the site effectively.  And yes,
it appears it is going to be used for the Para Olympics.  But I cannot
confirm that.


There is also a great deal of scripting being done, so it has to be analyzed
by hand.  None of the automated tools I used gave me a very good analysis.
As nearly as I can tell the frames do not have title tags and there are a
number of other serious errors. I managed to make a static page, and got
between 60 and 70 Section 508 errors.  A lot of these are what appear to be
spacer images without alt tags, but there are some others.  TI did not see
title tags on the Frames.

However, there is improvement, that is something.

It should be noted, that is reported that the Olympic has cost 2 billion
American Dollars in Salt Lake City.  Between 300 and 400 million of that is
coming from the American Taxpayer.  I think the Salt Lake folks can do a lot
better.

Sincerely,

Mike Burks
Received on Tuesday, 11 December 2001 10:19:17 GMT

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