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site critiques

From: Skill Zone <sue@skillzone.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 1998 12:55:38 +0100
To: "W3C" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000801bdacc2$d26c7cc0$b4a7edc1@amaze>
In view of the dearth of software to validate sites designed for blind and
disabled access, does this group allow requests for a site critique from any
members with the inclination to help? I am trying to convert a literary
magazine site to a format suitable for the blind, and want it to be totally
accessible in every known flavour of browser and blind reader.

I do have Bobby but find it falls over every five minutes, still being in a
beta stage. I am following the exact guidelines laid down by the W3C, and
hand-coding everything to ensure no grubby WYSIWYG codes, but that is a
mechanical process. What I would like is feedback on ways of making the site
more accessible and if possible more interesting for blind and disabled
visitors. The ideal thing would of course be for somebody who is blind to
test the site out, and tell me how I can make it more fun for them.

Fun? yes why not? I see no reason why a web site cannot be there purely for
pleasure, no matter how well or badly the visitor can see. For some reason
all the accessible sites I have seen are for information or advice.

I have been monitoring the group for some time now and not yet seen such a
request, so I will not post the URL until I know it is acceptable to do so.

Many thanks

Sue Abbott
Skill Zone Ltd
P O Box 18
Runcorn WA7 4FN
Telephone 01928 775842
Received on Saturday, 11 July 1998 07:57:20 UTC

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