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Section 508 and websites

From: Ginger Claassen <ginger.claassen@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 14:58:27 +0100
Message-ID: <49C3A103.3090006@gmx.de>
To: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi all,

I know this might be a bit off topic but hopefuly anyone here can help 
me. I am looking for a website or maybe a few which are sec 508 
compliant and not at all accessible or usable. I heard somewhere that 
someone compiled a list of these sites and would like to reference one 
or two of them in a report telling people that 1 to 1 compliance without 
expert testing is not really good and will not necessary end up in a 
compliant and usable result.

Thanks in advance for your efforts!

Kind regards


Christophe Strobbe wrote:
> At 11:34 20/03/2009, Harry Loots wrote:
>> Mery
>> Characters outside the seven-bit ASCII range should be encoded. If 
>> characters
>> are not encoded then it may lead to mis-representation in the host 
>> browser -
>> thus an inter-operability failure.
> I disagree. You only need entity references for characters that have a 
> special meaning in markup, as David Dorward pointed out.
> Of course, you need to make sure that the encoding you use the create 
> the document matches the encoding used in the HTTP headers that the 
> server sends with the document (e.g. Content-Type: text/html; 
> charset=utf-8). An incorrect match is a common cause of 
> misrepresentation of text in the browser. Users can only correct this 
> misrepresentation if they know how to change the encoding in the 
> browser (e.g. "Character encoding" in the "View" menu in Firefox). I 
> assume that most ordinary users don't know this.
> If it were true that every character outside the seven-bit ASCII 
> range, then millions of web pages in writing systems other that Latin 
> would be encoded incorrectly.
>> It is not irrelevant to accessibility as lack of inter-operability 
>> may lead to
>> inaccessible pages.
> It would be more precise to say that it is a problem that affects 
> every type of user; it's not specific to people with disabilities.
>> You can find more information here:
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/sgml/entities.html
>> http://www.entitycode.com/
> Best regards,
> Christophe Strobbe

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