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Fwd: Re: [Web405] Exemplary Web Sites?

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 14:08:40 -0700
Message-Id: <4.1.19990623140645.01620410@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
A user on the Web405 (Los Angeles area web people) list
replied to me with the message quoted below.  I've sent my
answer to the list already, but can any of our "blind web
users" and others with disabilities answer the question of
"are separate text-only versions of a site good or bad,
and why?"  Your personal feedback would be welcome.

>On Wednesday, 6/23/99, at 12:40 PM, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
>>No, text-only sites are less than optimal for accessibility
>>reasons; a correctly done website doesn't _need_ a text-only
>>site to be usable by everyone.
>What? Can you explain how a properly formatted, text-only site would hinder 
>accessibility? Every blind web user I've talked to has said they much 
>prefer them. They don't have to wade through 4 or 5 (or more) image tags 
>before finding information, they don't have to deal with tables and 
>text-flow problems, their screen readers go right to the text and they get 
>their information quickly.
>(yeah, I know there are other disabilities out there, but I primarily think 
>about "blind users" when someone says make a site "usable by everyone" 
>because they present the greatest challenge to a visual designer)
>If a site is generated from a database, it's very little work to setup a 
>text-only equivalent. Static sites are a little more work, but at the 
>minimum I make a sitemap or table of contents that's text-only and uses no 
>special tags.
>I agree that a correctly designed site can be useable by everyone, but I 
>don't see how a text site can hinder blind users.
>(note that I'm partially blind myself and do everything I can to make sites 
>user-friendly to blind web surfers)

Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                   http://www.kynn.com/
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