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Re: Google Accessible Search

From: Stefen <stefen@cwa.co.nz>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 12:30:08 +1200
Message-ID: <44C02010.5040304@cwa.co.nz>
To: "Rose, Jacob" <jrose@lgb-inc.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
I have only have a quick look at the new 'Accessible Search' but one of 
the first things I do is to check the code. I feel that they have made 
no effort with providing standards-compliant code on the results page. 
Another item missed is the spelling correction option 'Did you mean' as 
per the standard Google search, i.e.:

    * http://www.google.com/u/accessible?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&cx=accessible%21&q=Accesiblity+for+teh+web&btnG=Search
    * http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Accesiblity+for+teh+web&btnG=Google+Search

I would be interested in what user testing they have conducted and how 
it complies with current standards/guidelines.

Rose, Jacob wrote:
> Google Accessible Search supposedly ranks search results by Google's 
> interpretation of "accessibility":
> http://www.betanews.com/article/Google_Tests_Accessible_Search_Page/1153424136
> It sounds great, but does anybody know just how they evaluate 
> accessibility? I can't find a link that says "Check My Site," and the 
> FAQ answers are more than a bit vague...
> --
> Jacob Rose
> jrose@lgb-inc.com
> 202-685-2461 (U.S. Army Center of Military History)
> 703-599-7028 (mobile)
> Senior Programmer/Analyst
> LGB & Associates, Inc.
> US Department of Transportation 2005 "Prime Contractor of the Year"
> US Department of the Treasury 2005 "Small Business Partner of the Year"

Stefen Cook
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