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Re: BBC R4 Accessible Web Article on NOW

From: Adrian Higginbotham <A.Higginbotham@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 13:21:59 -0000
Message-ID: <00df01c2a118$49583600$3d6b5792@salford.ac.uk>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

has anyone looked at the 6 winning websites:
I can't imagine how
got shortlisted let alone won anything.
it's a great service and in some parts not badly executed but IMO doesn't
deserve an award.
it forces the screenreader to use the text only link, and as if that weren't
bad enough it then restricts you to searching only for audio or large print
having the option to search audio or large print would be very handy but
restricting people to only these options in unacceptable.
Adrian Higginbotham,
Learning Technology Advisor (disability)
Email A.Higginbotham@salford.ac.uk
tel: 0161-2952555
Technology House,
Lissadel Street, Salford M6 6AP.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Kew" <nick@webthing.com>
To: "David Woolley" <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 10:25 PM
Subject: Re: BBC R4 Accessible Web Article on NOW

> On Tue, 10 Dec 2002, David Woolley wrote:
> >
> > > BBC Radio 4 is running an article on web site accessibility as I write
> > > this.
> >
> > The web page backing the article is at:
> >
> > http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/intouch_factsheet.shtml
> >
> > and the real audio should be at:
> >
> > http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/rams/intouch_current.ram
> See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/intouch.shtml ,
> the program's front page.  There's a link entitled "text only"
> (white, on a white background - I saw it as the page was coming
> through my slow modem!) at .. Oh, it's not the program, it's a link to
> betsie.  Ugh.
> It was only a short article forming part of their weekly program
> "for and with" the visually impaired.  They mention the Web from
> time to time.
> > It's about the National Library for the Blind's web site awards, but
> > the audio should cover the lack of difficulty of creating accessible
> > sites, as well; I missed the start, so I'll have to listen to the
> > audio from Windows to get the whole item.  I can't find a transcript.
> I heard it all (except where I was distracted by getting my supper).
> Only 2 (of IIRC 10) judges were visually impaired; both the two were
> using Jaws.  Where does that leave the majority of blind people who
> couldn't hope to afford such top-end kit, or who just don't want to
> deal with a virus-ridden operating system and mandatory GUI?
> --
> Nick Kew
Received on Wednesday, 11 December 2002 08:20:59 UTC

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