RE: accessibility makeovers


Excellent demonstration. I did want to ask about one issue: On the top menu
("home, bookstore, ebooks...") the links are still graphics, and, as such,
can't be enlarged/color-enhanced using the operating system/browser
settings. I know there has been dicussion of images-as-text being a WCAG
checkpoint 3.1 violation, and I assume the problem was that there was no
good way to get the same appearance using styled text. I'm just curious to
hear your (and others') thoughts on the pro and cons of this compromise --
this has been an issue I've struggled with on several occasions...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of Paul Bohman
> Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2001 3:23 PM
> To:
> Subject: accessibility makeovers
> One of the concerns that Web developers often have is that they think that
> accessible web pages are boring or ugly. To disprove this myth, I am doing
> "accessibility makeovers" of some of the more popular sites on the Web. I
> decided to start with Barnes and Noble's Web site, because it was very
> inaccessible to screen readers, and the fixes were relatively easy.
> You can see the "before" and "after" version of the Barnes and Noble home
> page by visiting
> I would like to do other sites, such as CNN, ESPN, etc, which are usually
> quite graphical and which fit the prevailing notion of "attractiveness" in
> Web page. I'd like to have as many examples as possible, in fact. That's
> of the reasons why I'm writing this email.
> Invitation to contribute:
> I invite anybody who is interested to do a web page makeover of a popular
> web site (just one page, e.g. the home page) so that it can be posted in
> WebAIM makeover "hall of fame." Your reward will be full recognition of
> efforts (the makeover will be posted on the web along with an
> acknowledgement of your efforts), the satisfaction of contributing to the
> education of webmasters everywhere . . . but, alas, there will be no
> monetary remuneration.
> The idea is to document the changes that you made to the page, and to
> provide a concrete example for other web developers to emulate. There are
> plenty examples of inaccessible design. I'm trying to put together a
> collection of good, accessible designs that are neither boring nor ugly.
> If you'd like to participate, contact me for more info
> or just send me the before and after versions of the page along with a
> description of the changes that you made.
> Thanks so much!
> Paul Bohman
> Technology Coordinator
> Web Accessibility in Mind (
> at the Center for Persons with Disabilities (
> at Utah State University (

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