Re: Web site design - accessibility update

From: Cory Hamma <cory_at_openvoting_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 16:01:37 CDT

Do you know what is cool? This is cool:

http://www.openvotingconsortium.org/accessible/

I have put in the changes for the navigation bar suggested by Doug Jones.
I converted the files to .shtml so we could just put the navigation bar
in ovc-header.htm and changed ... a whole bunch of stuff.

Please excuse the missing images. I stuck the files into the accessible
directory just for the purpose of displaying them to the people on the
list, then they will be replacing the existing web site. I hope to do
this soon, so files don't get changed in the meantime. When this
happens, any missing image links will be fixed.

Some things to take note:

1. I ditched the mouse-over highlight on the links. I want this to look
as normal as possible to the common folk, and it might have been
confusing to not have an underlined link.
2. It *should* look pretty good to older browsers.
3. The move of Contact Info, Board, Bylaws and History to the About Us
link was really necessary, as I mentioned in an earlier email. It
wasn't information that someone would necessarily look for on the home
page anyways.

The reason why I updated the existing site is for two reasons. One is
that there is a LOT of work to be done to the drupal site in order to
get it half as blind-user-navigation-friendly as this site. I am
excited about the drupal site because it allows much more freedom to
change content, but at the same time this can't come with an overdose of
extra text and links. I think the same also applies to the novice web
user -- too much information makes the site seem intimidating. The
text-only interface to the site unfortunately must be accessed AFTER
creating an account or changing a setting, which can make first-time
blind visitors frustrated. I know when I tried to do it with my eyes
closed using a screen reader I couldn't even do it. So, much more work
is needed for the drupal site to work really well.

Please send me some feedback on the modified site!

Thanks,
Cory

Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:

> This is very cool, Cory.
>
> You should be aware that we have a new site implementation (at
> http://gyaku.pair.com/vote/drupal) that we've just got to 'polish' a
> bit to get ready to cut over to. It addresses accessibility in a
> number of ways:
>
> - no frames.
> - the rollovers are done with CSS, so they won't cause the issues that
> the old JavaScript does.
> - a template driven UI, so people who want a plain text web site can
> do so easily (simply by changing 'themes')
>
> So I'd be very interesting in seeing your reaction to the new site,
> and in focusing work on getting the new site accessible, etc., rather
> than spending too much time on the old site. I think we're pretty
> close to being able to cut over to the new site, and if we do the work
> once, on the new site, it's better than doing it twice (on the old
> site and the new site).
>
> - LP
>
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