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RE: examples of sites with good accessibility

From: Stuart Smith <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 09:13:56 +0100
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Hi 

The PBS site has some good features (like lots of alternate text, for images) but I think it's big let down is it does not linearize (without style sheets) which is not good. Also, it relies heavily on tables for layouts and some of these are nested. So I would hesitate to hold this up as an example of good accessibility.

Anna, my approach would be to start with good semantic mark-up e.g. Headings appropriately marked-up as such H1 as the main heading then H2 for sections etc. Once my mark-up is correct then it can be styled using CSS and look almost any way you want. This way if someone switches off style sheets they should be able to make sense of your document.

This approach of course does not touch on things such as the writing style, which should be appropriate for the intended audience.

On another note (and this is purely opinion) one reason I think stores such as Amazon end up with "alternate sites" is because they their main sites are loaded with a lot of promotions etc. Making it very difficult to maintain a clean interface. The problem with those interfaces is once linearized you end up with huge lists of links, which can be difficult to navigate if using screen readers etc.

Cheers

Stu



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Sent: 18 October 2006 21:23
To: Anna.Yevsiyevich@kohls.com
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: examples of sites with good accessibility


On Wed, 18 Oct 2006 Anna.Yevsiyevich@kohls.com wrote:

> Hello,
> I am wondering what are some good examples of sites that have good 
> accessibility.  I understand that users' needs would be different from 
> site to site, and their reasons for going to a particular site, but I 
> would still like to see who's doing what right.  Also, if anyone knows 
> of a retail/e-commerce site that is doing well with accessibility, I 
> would really be interested in seeing those sites.


I've generally found www.pbs.org to be a pretty decent site, not perfect but far better than average

> As you can see from my previous posts, I am new to this area.  Thank 
> you for your help.
>
> I noticed that Amazon has a separate site (www.amazon.com/access).  
> There was an article about it, and that's how I found it.  I'm not 
> saying it's a shining example of design, but it's a strategy and an 
> example  (this version of the site also works for non-standard 
> browsers like PDAs and such).

SEPERATE BUT EQUAL ISN'T!!!!


Bob

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