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Evaluating an iframe-based website

From: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:33:05 +0100
Message-ID: <4F4B8611.3010608@ramoncorominas.com>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hello all,

I am carrying out a WCAG 2.0 evaluation on a website that uses iframes. 
The website has a common part that contains the logo, main navigation 
and other tools, and the contents of each page are loaded in an iframe.

According to Conformance Requirement #2, it is necessary to evaluate 
"Full pages", that is, "a non-embedded resource obtained from a single 
URI using HTTP plus any other resources that are used in the rendering 
or intended to be rendered together with it by a user agent".

In this case, when the user navigates the website, only the iframe 
content is updated, so the URI remains unchanged 
"http://www.domain.com/". Of course, each loaded content has its own, 
different URI, but they are "embedded" resources that cannot be 
evaluated without the contents of the parent page.

So my question is: since there is only one URI, if one of these 
iframe-based pages fails, would this mean that the whole website fails? 
Or, if this is not the case, how should I specify the URIs that conform 
in a Conformance Declaration? How would you assess this type of website?

Thanks in advance,
Received on Monday, 27 February 2012 13:33:10 UTC

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