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Re: Calendar markup - review please?

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 09:12:01 -0400 (EDT)
To: Marjolein Katsma <hgnje001@sneakemail.com>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0410280911210.6538@smart.net>

On Thu, 28 Oct 2004, Marjolein Katsma wrote:

looks good in LYNX, text browser.

I'm Jelous looks like a really interesting trip.
Bob

>
> 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
> state.
>
> 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.
> 	http://iamback.com/blog/
> 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!)
>
> Feedback?
>
> 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.]
>
> Thanks,
>
> --
> Marjolein Katsma
> Travel Blog: http://iamback.com/blog/
> Spam Reporting Addresses: http://banspam.javawoman.com/report3.html
>
>

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