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Re: BBC R4 Accessible Web Article on NOW

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 09:38:13 -0500 (EST)
To: Tom Gilder <w3c@tom.me.uk>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0212130937480.13664-100000@smarty.smart.net>

On Fri, 13 Dec 2002, Tom Gilder wrote:

wonder how many alternative browser users were on the selection committee?


> On Tuesday, December 10, 2002, 9:14:51 PM, David Woolley wrote:
> > The web page backing the article is at:
> > http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/intouch_factsheet.shtml
> I so hate this. I want to praise these awards for increasing the
> awareness of accessibility (which they are). But they seem to be doing
> *such* a crap job at it.
> I had a very brief look through the winners, let me see...
>   * The British Museum Compass
>     http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/compass/
>     First page has a meta refresh. Beyond that, better than most.
>   * Dial UK
>     http://www.dialuk.org.uk/
>     As scripting was disabled in my browser, I got no style at first
>     due to their poor client-side browser sniffing. Otherwise good for
>     accessibility (if a little verbose on the alt text).
>   * Guardian Unlimited
>     http://www.guardian.co.uk/
>     I'm sorry? How on earth did this win an award for accessibility?
>     Just look at it in Lynx - <http://tinyurl.com/3hu1>! Although the
>     content is quite good, the surrounding design is very poor.
>     I just don't know how this could win over BBC News
>     (http://news.bbc.co.uk) or Ananova (http://www.ananova.com/news/).
>     Madness.
>   * The Local Heritage Initiative
>     http://www.lhi.org.uk/
>     Very good.
>   * National Maritime Museum
>     http://www.nmm.ac.uk/
>     Hrm. Ok-ish. Could be better (and why does the text-only version's
>     link to the graphical version say "HTML version"...?)
>   * Whichbook
>     http://www.whichbook.net/
>     Whilst they have made clear attempts at making their site more
>     accessible, it's a shame some people won't be able to get into the
>     site in the first place - http://tinyurl.com/3hu5.
> I really fail to understand how these awards have been worked out.
> There are many, many more deserving sites than the few that have won
> them. Very odd indeed.
> But I have to say well done for the organizers for attempting
> something like this, and to the BBC for covering the story.

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