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Re: Opinions please - flash site, flash navigation - but accessible alternative

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 12:22:48 -0500 (EST)
To: Jim Byrne <j.byrne@gcal.ac.uk>
cc: W3c_Access <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0201211218280.27485-100000@tux.w3.org>
The fact that the navigation will be seperate worries me. If I get a bookmark
to an inaccessible version, I have potentially no idea where to go or what to
do. (But then, are they proposing at least a site that provides basic web
things like bookmarks?)

I presume that by a compliant site they are not proposing a text alternative
to an entirely flash site - there is a considerable difference. To what level
are they proposing the site will conform to W3C guidelines (I presume they
are talking only about WCAG)?

I would advise asking for more detail on these questions before proceeding,
and in particular I would be very concerned about the navigation question -
without a satisfactory answer for that I would not accept such a proposal.

(I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with having a flash
version, but the relationship between that and an accessible version is
something I would like to know a lot about - what will each version look
like, how will users know the difference, if at all, ...)


Charles McCN

On Mon, 21 Jan 2002, Jim Byrne wrote:

  I would like some thoughts and opinions about the following.

  I am providing advice on accessibility issues for Website aimed at people
  with learning difficulties. The contracted Web designers would like to use
  flash for much of the site - including the main navigation. Their argument
  being that they will also offer and alternative version which will be W3c
  compliant - and thus meet accessibility criteria.

  Users will enter a compliant page and then choose between HTML and Flash. if
  they choose HTML they get a compliant site and if they choose Flash they
  don't. The Flash site is considered to be 'the main site' - and will not be
  compliant with W3c Accessibility Guidelines.

  What are peoples thoughts on this? would you advise agains this - or does it
  not matter - as long as the alternative is accessible?


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