Re: Web Site Accessibility Update

From: Cory Hamma <evm_at_wabbiter_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 16:36:51 CDT

Hello Doug & everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I really would like to have a
simply accessible main page. It's really my top priority right now. I
don't just want to make it accessible, I want to make it represent the
ease of use that the voting system will provide to these blind users.
So having frames is out, and the resulting discussion about older web
browsers would just have taken too long. Therefore, in about a day, we
will have two separate pages, which will last for a short time until I
am able to manipulate the site into a good format. This will require
modifying other pages as well to include the navigation controls, as
well as merging some pages together to reduce the clutter of navigation
controls and simplify the design.

Some of the design issues are visual too, because many pages are really,
really long and would benefit from a top horizontal navigational control
rather than a side control/margin. Visually impaired people will be
looking at the site too, which provides the inspiration to switch to a
text-based navigation so that it is enlarged when text size is enlarged.

I'll be posting soon with a mock-up of the main page.

-Cory

> 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 The accessible one always seems to get out of date, in my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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