Re: Web Site Accessibility Update

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 21:58:14 CDT

On May 3, 2004, at 8:00 PM, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:

> Could you please review the site at
> ?
> This is the site we're planning to move to, once we get the look & feel
> polished.

It looks pretty good, but when I pull down the View menu and click
on speak-all, it speaks the whole left column first (navigation, mostly
cryptic) and it doesn't speak the top banner at all (the blue text).

Use ALT="text" tags on all the images that have textual content so
the web browser can read this!

The basic layout is such that, I believe, you can get the browser
to read all the title stuff first, if those alt tags were there,
and then dip into the navigation stuff.

Because browsers will read left columns first, you want to minimize
the amount of stuff in that navigation column. Don't fill that
column to the bottom of the screen, but only put key navigation
tools there.

> There are no frames, and everything is data/template driven, so
> it's way easier to update. The layout isn't quite right (IMO) so any
> advice
> would be appreciated.

It doesn't size itself to my browser window very nicely. The problem
those images across the top fill my window (I don't keep wide windows
because I like keeping my windows about 6 inches wide so I can put two
windows side by side with room to look between the cracks at things
below. One for writing this E-mail while another is showing the web
page I'm commenting on, for example. If I could afford one of those
Apple Studio Displays, I might start opening larger windows.

                Doug Jones
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