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RE: UK Government Web Guidelines

From: Simon White <simon.white@jkd.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 11:17:16 -0000
Message-ID: <D1EFBFDCD178C24DA607A306D6E3A7114F71D4@URANUs>
To: "Tom Gilder" <w3c@tom.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear All,
This document has been out to consultation to those who contacted Tom Adams at the E-Envoy's office of the UK government. I am one of those. I think that it is a good idea that these types of guidelines have been put together, proving that at least the UK government is getting behind accessibility for its own websites. I would suggest that instead of mocking the guidelines here (as it seems some have) the "suggestions" that have been made should be forwarded to the relevant people so that your comments can be evaluated and used to drive this type of guideline forward. Better to be proactive than comedic, I think...

Simon White

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Gilder [mailto:w3c@tom.me.uk]
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2002 11:05
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: UK Government Web Guidelines

On Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 3:08:09 AM, you wrote:
> The UK Government has a draft set of guidelines for UK
> Government web sites

Er, is it just me - or did these guidelines not used to be followed
exactly until MS took over development of the sites?

> There is no HTML version.

"Use HTML as the default information format"

That's a classic :)

> One alarming extract from the accessibility section
> 'All important images must have an 'alt' attribute and
> value'

I'm guessing they mean <input type="image" />...

> Feedback goes to
> webguidelines@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

Good that they've at least got some document up - and in all it isn't
that bad. Clear, easy to follow and quite practical - might point a
few people at it.

Tom Gilder

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