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RE: Web site accessibility

From: Lauke PH <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 15:19:45 -0000
Message-ID: <3A1D23A330416E4FADC5B6C08CC252B902B7B2@misnts6.mis.salford.ac.uk>
To: "wai-ig list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Maybe an oversimplification, but the way I have always looked at it is: any Javascript that abides to the DOM is ok, as long as your site is still usable if Javascript is disabled, and it doesn't suddenly change the user's focus. For instance, a script that generates a navigation menu is not compliant, unless there is a good NOSCRIPT alternative. Scripts that effect a change on another part of the page (e.g. an onmouse/onfocus script that changes the visibility of a layer, a news scroller, or adds some descriptive text to the infamous status bar) are not accessible either, as far as I can tell. Last, but not least, the spawining of new windows, timed redirects, etc are also inaccessible.
Another important aspect would be how these scripts are triggered. As they should be device independent, you should not have things like onmouseover (or, if you do, provide an identical onfocus behaviour).

As I said, maybe I'm oversimplifying the issue. If that's the case, I apologise in advance...

Patrick H. Lauke
WWW Editor
External Relations Division 
Faraday House 
University of Salford 
Greater Manchester 
M5 4WT 

Tel: +44 (0) 161 295 4779

e-mail: webmaster@salford.ac.uk


-----Original Message-----
From: David Poehlman [mailto:poehlman1@comcast.net]
Sent: 25 March 2003 14:52
To: wai-ig list
Subject: Fw: Web site accessibility

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephanie Hagopian" <shagopia@EMAIL.UNC.EDU>
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2003 9:37 AM
Subject: Web site accessibility

I work for a University and we are trying to update all our web sites so
that they have full accessibility. Does anyone know of any good
libraries online that explicitly and clearly list what Javascript is
fully compliant with accessibility web standards and what script is not
suitable? Any URLs you can point me to would be vastly appreciated!


Stephanie Hagopian
IT Security Analyst
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Received on Tuesday, 25 March 2003 10:20:50 UTC

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