Re: Web Site Accessibility Update

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 09:04:44 CDT

On May 1, 2004, at 11:56 PM, David Mertz wrote:

> On May 2, 2004, at 12:31 AM, Cory Hamma wrote:
>> I have created a version of the home page that is in a blind-user
>> accessible format. ...
>
> I would note that the EVM2003 homepage (evm2003.sourceforge.net) is
> entirely Section 508 Guideline blind-accessible (as should be the
> other content pages). ... I think the EVM2003 page makes good use of
> a stylesheet in a way that provides a similar overall layout to the
> OVC page, while providing more graceful fallback to screen readers and
> similar that ignore the stylesheet.

I strongly recommend following this latter model of accessibility
instead of maintaining separate "accessible" and "inaccessible"
pages. The accessible one always seems to get out of date, in my
experience.

Accessible HTML isn't that hard to develop, so long as you limit
yourself to those parts of HTML that work -- frames are evil, but
graphics are no problem so long as you make effective use of the ALT
tag and so long as you avoid gratuitous graphics.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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