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Re: Google Adsense code is not valid and not accessible

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 15:15:17 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200601281515.k0SFFIS01991@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> 
> If a site contain google adsense cannot be validated by watchfire and =
> contentquality, due to errors in code strings...

I'd argue that any advertising would compromise accessibility even if
it passes machine checkable accessiblity rules, as it extraneous content
that has to be bypassed by non-visual users and is likely to confuse
those with learning difficulties.

> The rules of affiliate program doesn't allow to modify code in pages, =
> so.. How can I do?

Pragmatically, I would say that if the degraded version is no more of a
bar to accessibility of the primary content than the fully functional
version, you should consider it to part of Google's site, rather than
yours, and only consider the accessibility implications of having adverts
at all.  If the advertiser or Google has compromised the accessibility
of their advertising, without affecting your content, it is their problem.

Google adverts are generally very restrained.  On sites like the Register 
you get adverts that monopolise the screen if your mouse goes over them
(e.g. whilst trying to get to the scroll bar), and flashing and popups are
common tactics.

If you are trying to comply with legislation, you should consult a lawyer,
as the view you will get here tend to ignore the requirement to technically
comply with legislation.
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