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RE: FWD: CHI-WEB: Amazon's version for the Visually Impaired

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 17:31:57 -0500 (EST)
To: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0112141729050.16265-100000@smarty.smart.net>
On Fri, 14 Dec 2001, Jim Thatcher wrote:

> Almost every message about this site on two list discussions I am watching
> has been critical in one way or another. What do commercial firms have to
> do? Come to you and get your blessing before they launch SOMETHING? (I would
> hate to try to get it!)

no it is easy.

try to use your site using web browser LYNX and e-mail PINE I believe
these are listed by name in section 508 as a minimum standard (part of the
reason I run em) then of course visit "bobby"

if you can use your site then it has probably a 99.9% chance of being

if you are not proud of what you get or cannot use it effectively the same
as your site using a graphics browser then it probably is going to be a


> I don't really think this was designed for accessibility. As I said in a
> previous message, even the simplest accessibility things haven't been done
> like labeling form elements and including alt text. BUT, given what they
> have done so far, it would be EASY to fix those problems. They have tried to
> present the essence of Amazon.com (an editorial decision, which only they
> can make) without all the glitz and I think they have done a very good job
> of that.
> I believe that this shopping site is an order of magnitude more accessible
> than almost all other shopping sites, certainly all major shopping sites.
> Jim
> jim@jimthatcher.com
> Accessibility Consulting
> http://jimthatcher.com
> 512-306-0931
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