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RE: Accessibility tests of Australian University homepages

From: Chris Harpin <chris@castus.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2007 10:59:19 +0100
To: "'Tim'" <dogstar27@optushome.com.au>, "'WAI Interest Group list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20070509100010.95F244E5FD3@cht-smtp-001.bulldogdsl.com>

Can we please try and keep this constructive if we are going to focus on one
particular site.

Whilst the colour schemes used may not be to the personal taste of some
people, I have just tested the site with three people who are all diagnosed
as suffering from colour blindness and non found the content to be
inaccessible. One did comment on a lack of appreciation of the colours used
but no website will ever 'wow' 100% of the visitors it attracts.

The only general consensus across the three was that the logo is difficult
to understand without reading the explanation. This may be something worth
looking into and possibly loosing the scrolling effect.


-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Tim
Sent: 09 May 2007 10:53
To: WAI Interest Group list
Cc: Andy Laws
Subject: Re: Accessibility tests of Australian University homepages

Select one of seven stylesheets

You have tested it have you, I admit the hompage is ordinary, every  
other page is not.
What stylesheet did you select for what form of colour blindness?


On 09/05/2007, at 7:34 PM, Andy Laws wrote:

> I am sorry but how can any one with a site such as  
> http://www.hereticpress.com advise any body on web accessibility, this  
> is the most inaccessible site I have ever come across. Yes it meets  
> all the w3c standards, but it accessible? No. it is estimated that in  
> the UK that up to 10% of the adult population suffers from some form  
> of cognitive disability and with a population of 52milion that amounts  
> to some 520,000 users in the UK alone, are excluded from using your  
> site. Due to your choice and use of color, I have tested your site  
> through   
> On 5/9/07, Christopher Hoffman <christopher.a.hoffman@gmail.com >  
> wrote:
>> On 5/8/07, Tim < dogstar27@optushome.com.au> wrote:
>> > This is my first post, but I am a bit of an accessibility vetran, a
>> > political activist even at testing government and educational  
>> websites
>> > for accessibility and then displaying the results for the public to
>> > see. Any critical comments on my work are most welcome.
>> Umm.... it looks like for US$895 you will run a Web page through W3C
>> and CynthiaSays.com validators
>> (  
>> http://www.hereticpress.com/Dogstar/Publishing/ 
>> Rates.html#accessreports).
>> > ...some universities have supported my work, others refuse to
>> > acknowledge me and claim I am being aggressive in these reviews. Is
>> > there a better way to go about promoting accessibility?
>> Well, there are things like working to promote Web standards and
>> accessibility through groups like the W3C and WASP, as well as giving
>> site owners good reasons to spend the time and resources to make their
>> sites more accessible. The arguments don't even have to be directly
>> related to accessibility. For example, standards-based sites are
>> generally easier and less costly to update and maintain, with better
>> accessibility as a side effect.
>> > Through this page in the last two weeks, I have managed to get
>> > three Universities to improve their homepages for W3C validity, but  
>> not
>> > much movement yet on accessibility.
>> As I said above, giving me, as a site owner, good reasons to invest in
>> an accessible Web site would probably go a lot further toward
>> convincing me to "move on accessibility" than listing tags, attributes
>> and features that my site is missing or deficient in.
>> > 64% of Australian Universities passed Priority One WCAG 1.0
>> > accessibility tests.
>> > 11% of Australian Universities passed Priority Three WCAG 1.0  
>> Checlists
>> That's really depressing, but it's just another instance of something
>> that everybody on this list already knows: that the vast majority of
>> Web sites out there are severely lacking when it comes to
>> accessibility. Tests and checklists are great tools for designers and
>> developers, but they aren't going to persuade site owners.
>> Best,
>>  Chris
> --
The Editor
Heretic Press
Email dogstar27@optushome.com
Received on Wednesday, 9 May 2007 10:00:30 UTC

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