Web Site Accessibility Update

From: Cory Hamma <evm_at_wabbiter_dot_com>
Date: Sat May 01 2004 - 23:31:38 CDT

Hi All,

I have created a version of the home page that is in a blind-user
accessible format. There were several problems with the home page,
including frames, graphics and other miscellaneous issues that caused
problems with it's viewing by blind and visually-impaired people.
Modification of the home page into "accessible" format is still very
possible, however it still won't be as good as a separate page, and we
really need to target the blind and visually impaired audience, because
there are a lot of foundations out there who can really help financially.


Also, in lieu of sticking a link on a frames-based main page for a
text-only site, I propose we use some sort of "intro" page, allowing the
choice of a text-only web site as the first link. This makes the
selection so much easier for both those using a screen-reader and IE or
those using Lynx (text-only web browser, which does not handle frames).
Example of such a page:


There is still some more work to be done, especially on the rest of our
web pages. I would like to propose some changes:
1. On the main page, change the navigation bar to text instead of
images. Visually impaired people, such as those who just wear glasses
to see better, will appreciate that the text size of the navigation bar
increases with their browser.
2. Move the Bylaws section into About Us. I can't really see people
clicking straight through to the bylaws when visiting the site anyways.
3. Place programmer/supporter bios in the About Us section, perhaps
creating multiple pages for directors, programmers, and supporters.
4. Move the History section into About Us
5. Re-work the EVM2003 page into the EVM2003 sourceforge web page.

I welcome constructive criticism, and you don't need to clog up the list
if you don't want to -- you can write me directly. Please forward this
message or notify any visually impaired testers about this right away
because we need to fix problems and go live with it. I'm embarrassed to
start cold-calling blind organizations and doing major promotions
because our web site isn't ready yet, and I really want to start.

-Cory Hamma
cory (at) openvoting .org
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