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oops![Fwd: new URL for post office]

From: David Poehlman <poehlman@clark.net>
Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2000 12:14:24 -0400
Message-ID: <38E771E0.5F3DA5B1@clark.net>
To: wai-ig list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: new URL for post office
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 11:16:47 -0400
From: "Ann K. Parsons" <akp@EZNET.NET>
Reply-To: blindjob - Employment Issues Concerning Blind

Hi folks,

Sorry for the cross posting, but figured that you ought to know about
this one.

the U.S. Post Office web site has been recently updated.  As per the
law, it does offer a text version.  However, there is a problem with
this web page.  the main URL, which would show up in a web search
etc., is written entirely in Java script.  It *is* accessible to those
who use Windows and who are running either Netscape or MSIE.  It is
also readable with Window-Eyes.  I haven't tested it with JFW because
I don't have the software.

Here is the problem with this site.  the main site at:


is not readable by a text browser like Lynx, or W3 or
PW-Webspeak. there *is* a link to the text version on the graphical
main page, however, this link is a Java link and is not visible to
text browsers.  In other words, guys, you can't get there from here.
FYI to anyone using a text browser, the text only site is at:


It may be a good idea for someone who is technically inclined to let
the folks at the post office know that their site is inaccessible.
this is somewhat of a unique type of accessibility issue.  the
response may be, well we *have* a text version!"  Problem is that it's
unreachable from the main graphical site if you are using a text

Again, sorry for the cross post, but many people access the usps site
for zip code info and so on.  I felt it was important enough to let
you all know.  thanks for reading.

Ann P.

Ann K. Parsons:  email:  akp@eznet.net
WEB SITE:  http://home.eznet.net/~akp
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