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Re: Dynamic Websites

From: Julia Collins <Julia@we3.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 15:35:27 +0000
Message-Id: <6FB3BAF8-FC91-4F0E-B5BD-45AF5E92C53C@we3.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

I'm building a lot of sites with Wordpress these days, and it is  
possible to build a lovely accessible blog/site if you choose your  
themes carefully, (or build from scratch) and keep things simple. But  
you have to take care because lots of the bolt on bells and whistles  
have a lot of javascript attached to them, although with a bit of php  
it is possible to replicate most of the functionality of the off the  
shelf items by tinkering under the hood.

Julia Collins
we3
On 11 Dec 2008, at 15:23, Ryan Jean wrote:

> In my opinion, blog sites are most web accessible in the dynamic  
> world. Blogs are people writing about a subject and having people  
> comment them back, as we are doing here. They can be used by AT,  
> such as screen readers.
>
> However, chat and video hosting sites are the worst. For one, chat  
> sites, such as Facebook or MySpace, use a lot of drop-down menus  
> and depend on interactivity with the mouse. Not all people can use  
> the mouse. Video hosting sites, such as YouTube, need the mouse to  
> play videos. One cannot use the keyboard to play a video. Also,  
> YouTube has a feature where it flashes thumbnails of videos that  
> you can play. How can a screen reader keep up with what video is on  
> the screen? It canít.
>
> All in all, Iíve noticed these sites utilize JavaScript and Flash a  
> lot, which tries to avoid the keyboard. In the same respect, this  
> disallows some users to use the function because of not being web  
> accessible. Anyone agree?
>
> Sincerely,
> Ryan Jean
> Assistant IT Specialist
> The Disability Network
> Flint, MI
>
Received on Thursday, 11 December 2008 15:36:10 GMT

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