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RE: Request for site review

From: Marjolein Katsma <access@javawoman.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 16:18:51 +0200
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To: "Bruce Bailey" <bbailey@clark.net>, <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Cc: "Web Accessibility Initiative" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

At 09:36 2000-04-17 -0400, Bruce Bailey wrote:

>I agree with your meta over-all view of this, but visually, with a mouse and
>the context sensitive onMouseOver content, the two middle items happen so
>fluidly (and possibly without planning and/or much thought on the part of
>the user) that the operation is very condensed and feels more like one
>operation than two. 

Maybe it's fluid on your computer - it certainly isn't on mine. Yes, maybe if you have the latest, fastest hardware and a video with lots of memory - but not everyone has that (or can afford it). Like I mentioned before, it's so slow that the mouse continues moving when the submenu and arrow on the main one stops displaying.
Try it on another computer (mine is a P166 with 64M RAM and the video has 2M).

Testing tip: put the site (or at least the part you need to test) on a floppy disk and load the site from there. It will give you approximately the access speed of a 28.8K modem (which is not what's in the shops now - but it is what many people still use, or the effective speed they can get out of their provider...)

>The mechanics of activating the onMouseOver content is
>completely contained within the "action" of selecting the original target.
>In fact, the visual user has little choice but to be exposed (however
>briefly) to the additional content.

Nope - I can just click - on a link that doesn't have an arrow.


Marjolein Katsma
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