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Calendar markup - review please?

From: Marjolein Katsma <hgnje001@sneakemail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 11:52:54 +0200
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Dear list members,

I'm working hard to try and make a site "accessible" (that is, as 
accessible as I can make it!) and would like some feedback on its current 

The site.

The site is a travel blog - developed somewhat hastily before I embarked on 
a more than two-month trip across Asia. I concentrated on 1) creating  the 
background process to allow me to securely submit posts by email from 
Internet cafes along the road, and 2) generate the results in valid XHTML 
1.0 strict + CSS 2.0.
This was largely successful (with code being valid as long as I didn't 
introduce any errors with the content of my emails); relatives of me and 
fellow travelers could read the stories with a delay of rarely more than a 
few days (depending on Internet access and some other factors). (Sorry, 
stories for a few days are still missing - I've been coding too hard...)

Making it accessible.

Now, I've been back for a while and have been concentrating on making the 
underlying (PHP) code better, adding new features, and generally making the 
pages mare accessible (beyond merely valid XHTML).

I have a few headaches with respect to accessibility respect (not all of 
which I can address at the same time) - I think I'm mostly aware of the 
problem areas but may have missed a few. One major on I'm concentrating on 
now is the Calendar.

The Calendar.

Like many blogs, there is a calendar which provides navigation to pages 
with posts for specific dates. It is (obviously) structured as a data 
table, and I've done my best to make that accessible. Although I regularly 
use the 'scope' attribute to mark up table headings, this is the first case 
I encountered (in my own code) where that clearly was not sufficient; 
therefore I decided to use 'axis' in combination with 'headings'. I could 
have marked up the "day name" headings with 'scope', but reasoned that a 
combination of 'scope' and 'headings' might be confusing.
(Interestingly, this exercise caused a sudden spark of understanding what 
'axis' was useful for - it had always escaped me till now!)


I would appreciate if you could have a "look" (or listen) to the site, and 
let me know what I've missed or what I could improve (and how).  At the 
moment I'm mostly interested in hearing about the current Calendar markup, 
but any other comments about the site's accessibility in general are of 
course welcome, too.

[For those who are interested in such things: the site is developed with 
PHP and Smarty templates, with a MySQL database that holds all the data; 
running on Apache/FreeBSD.]


Marjolein Katsma
Travel Blog: http://iamback.com/blog/
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Received on Thursday, 28 October 2004 09:52:57 UTC

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