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summary: nominations for attractive and accessible Web sites

From: Jennifer Sutton <jensutton@earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 08:50:01 -0500
Message-Id: <6.0.0.22.0.20040108084412.01ee50f0@earthlink.net>
To: <sec508@trace.wisc.edu>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hello:

The following is being cross-posted to both the Section 508 and WAI-IG 
lists because I received responses from both lists.  Thank you to all who 
responded.

I furnish the following summary as a courtesy to the 
community.  Site-recommenders were informed a couple of days ago that I 
would be posting such a summary.

My original inquiry was made in an effort to have just a few examples on 
hand that would demonstrate that accessible does not have to mean boring 
plain text.

Even as I post this summary, I want to articulate a number of caveats -- 
all of which I would outline in any context in which I offered any of these 
sites for others' consideration.  These are only a few of the points I 
would make:

A.  I have not screened or judged any of these.

B.  What's attractive is, of course, totally subjective.

C.  what's most important is to focus on the task(s) that the site must 
accomplish; too much focus on "eye candy" (in my opinion) detracts from the 
main job of a site for *all* users i.e. a site should be designed to convey 
information that people can find and understand easily (also a subjective 
term).

D.  Along these lines, to my mind, usability should be the primary goal, 
and that means usability for as many audiences as possible.

E.  I want to emphasize that this list should not be considered anything 
more than a very quick and dirty request for recommendations. I have no 
plans for further research; my purpose was for me to have a few references 
on hand.


The following list is numbered just to show that some people suggested 
several sites.  Each number represents either a recommendation, or a set of 
them.

Best,
Jennifer

Summary

1.  http://www.AdaptiveEnvironments.org

2.  http://www.csszengarden.com

3.  http://www.bbc.co.uk

4.  http://dignubia.org
http://ncam.wgbh.org/richmedia
http://www.alistapart.com

5. http://www.atutor.ca

6. Use a search engine to search on:
accessible rally AIR
to find winners from this event. There are many from events and previous 
years, but here are only a few examples:

AIR SXSW (South by South West) Interactive
       http://www.knowbility.org/air-interactive/2004/2003Sites.jsp

AIR Austin 2003
       http://www.knowbility.org/AIR-Austin/2003a/winners.jsp

AIR University 2003
       http://www.knowbility.org/air-university/2003/winners.jsp

7.  http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/business-plans/angeles/
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/newslog/
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/newslog/archive.html


8. http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/webdesign/

9.  http://www.bartsite.com

10.  www.alfaproject.co.uk
www.slightlydifferent.co.uk
www.birminghamfocus.org.uk
www.selfdirection.org

11.  http://www.va.gov/

12. http://opera.com

13.  http://www.manutd.com/access
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