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RE: any suggested alternatives to accessible version

From: <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:01:00 -0500 (EST)
To: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
cc: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.1202170900340.26519@cygnus.smart.net>

could the "Click here" be found by a screen reader????


On Thu, 16 Feb 2012, Vivienne CONWAY wrote:

> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:52:21 +0800
> From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
> To: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>,
>     Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>
> Cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
> Subject: RE: any suggested alternatives to accessible version
> Resent-Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:54:47 +0000
> Resent-From: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Hi Roger and all
> I recently saw a website that said "if you are using a screen reader, please click here" and it then presented a more stream-lined website which had all of the functionality of the original site, however more resembled a site used with CSS off.
> Regards
> Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT
> PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
> Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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> From: David Woolley [forums@david-woolley.me.uk]
> Sent: Thursday, 16 February 2012 5:19 PM
> To: Roger Hudson
> Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: any suggested alternatives to accessible version
> Roger Hudson wrote:
>>  From previous research I know that many web users do not understand
>> what the term “accessible” means when it comes to web content. This
>> appears to be particularly the case with older users of the web.
> "easy to use"
> The real problem though is that web pages are advertising and in
> advertising you must not use anything that has negative implications
> about your product.  Saying that there is an easy to use version of the
> site implies that the main site is not easy to use (which while probably
> true, is not something that the designer would want to admit, even to
> themselves).  To be suitable for advertising copy, the words chosen must
> not suggest that there is anything wrong with the main site.
> "accessible" is a positive word, but sufficiently jargon that it doesn't
> signal anything to the general public whilst still allowing someone
> trained to use such pages to find it.
> --
> David Woolley
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