Re: Web site design - accessibility update

From: Jeff Almeida <spud_at_spudzeppelin_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 11:34:00 CDT

On Mon, May 24, 2004 at 08:52:34AM -0700, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

> Apart from the aesthetics issues on which I'll agree in advance to
> respectfully disagree with you, are there RII issues with frames?

>From the W3C's Web Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, section 2.2:

  Not all users can make use of visual clues such as image maps, proportional
  scroll bars, side-by-side frames, or graphics that guide sighted users of
  graphical desktop browsers.

There are several other examples in the document that aren't as overt. The big
keys are:

1. Frames have accessibility issues, per the document.

2. Frames aren't particularly fashionable among designers right now (think
    bell-bottom pants!).

3. Frames aren't particularly conducive to effective indexing by search
    engines.

4. Frames present issues to people who aren't using graphical browsers, for
    whatever reason (everything from 2400 baud modems using text connections
    to web-enabled cellphones are examples).

Need I continue? It's one of my biggest pet peeves, for example, with our
local elections website (elections.dentoncounty.com).

jeff :)
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