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Weather Report: Request for Appraisal

From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 14:02:24 +0930
Message-ID: <4147C5D8.90400@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi All

I have been working with some software that generates weather reports from 
various data held in a MySQL database.  The software produces a static HTML page 
that may be uploaded to a web server.

The HTML produced by the software was rather haphazard and messy, so I have been 
re-writing the appropriate parts of the software to generate valid XHTML 1.0 
strict, formatted with valid CSS, that is as accessible as possible.

Having run the code through the W3C HTML and CSS validators and then through 
AccessValet and Bobby, I believe that I have something which has the beginnings 
of being accessible.  I respectfully submit the following for your consideration:

One of the major stumbling points was the automatic refresh.  We've been through 
that one on this list recently and I have found a reasonable solution, but only 
for pages generated on-the-fly.  I have applied a very simple JavaScript 
solution to this static page.  If JavaScript is not there, you don't get an 
auto-refresh facility.  If JavaScript is there, you have the means to turn 
auto-refresh on and off.

Comments on this technique and the page in general would be appreciated.  As the 
original software is Open Source, I will re-release it as such when I've 
finished working on it.



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Wednesday, 15 September 2004 04:32:31 UTC

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