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It don't work Re: Text only pages a good solution.

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 22:04:28 -0500 (CDT)
Message-ID: <53691.218.1.116.124.1097636668.squirrel@218.1.116.124>
To: "Harry Woodrow" <harrry@iinet.net.au>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Yeah, I used to get mail from them every few weeks saying how good their
solution was. I looked at it and found that in a number of cases it is
pretty much a failure in terms of the advertising - it does provide some
extra navigation stuff a bit like the BBC's Betsie, UBAccess' SWAP or
similar transformation tools, but like all of those it can't do magic.

Unlike SWAP, Visual Friendly's tools (which have problems of their own),
IBM's equivalent (whose name I forget) it is apparently sold as doing the
job without requiring further work on the part of the publishers to make
the content that it works on accessible. Which is what you need to make a
system like this actually work.

This seems a pity, and hard for me to understand, given that usable net
produce some good tools for doing repair, with helpful interface design to
minimise the work required.

cheers

-- 
Charles McCathieNevile           charles@sidar.org
                 http://www.sidar.org

<quote who="Harry Woodrow">
> I just got and email from usable net giving examples of organizations
> using
> Lift to make their web sites accessible.
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> The first I looked at showed this is no solution
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> HYPERLINK
> "http://transcoder.usablenet.com/tt/http:/www.ferris.edu/news/week/"http://t
> ranscoder.usablenet.com/tt/http://www.ferris.edu/news/week/
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> as it says on the page
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> quote
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> The Week in Pictures - October 8, 2004
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> ENJOY THE SLIDE SHOW!
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> Week in Pictures
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> HYPERLINK "http://transcoder.usablenet.com/tt/http:/www.ferris.edu/"FSU
> Home
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> "http://transcoder.usablenet.com/tt/http:/www.ferris.edu/news/week/archives/
> index.htm"Week in Pictures Archives   Back
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> "http://transcoder.usablenet.com/tt/http:/www.ferris.edu/news/week/##"Top
> of
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> What pictures?
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> I think if solutions like this are used on an interim measure they should
> clearly indicate on every page that the page does not convey the full
> information on a page and is not truly accessible otherwise organizations
> will continue to serve junk thinking they have made their site accessible.
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> Harry Woodrow
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