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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

 7:23 am on Oct 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

The following snippet is from the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines [w3.org].

For those unfamiliar with accessibility issues pertaining to Web page design, consider that many users may be operating in contexts very different from your own:
  • They may not be able to see, hear, move, or may not be able to process some types of information easily or at all.
  • They may have difficulty reading or comprehending text.
  • They may not have or be able to use a keyboard or mouse.
  • They may have a text-only screen, a small screen, or a slow Internet connection.
  • They may not speak or understand fluently the language in which the document is written.
  • They may be in a situation where their eyes, ears, or hands are busy or interfered with (e.g., driving to work, working in a loud environment, etc.).
  • They may have an early version of a browser, a different browser entirely, a voice browser, or a different operating system.

It is worth walking down through each one occasionaly and see where you can do better with your own pages. I know, it is difficult in this flashed out tricked up web world of 2001, but there are little things you can do. The three biggies:

- proper usage of alt tags.
- making sure your html validates.
- not basing basic navigation on visual elements (js, shock, java).



 5:41 pm on Oct 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

RE.. Accesibility Guidelines- proper use of alt tags.
Could you please describe to me what is meant by proper use of alt tags?
I had believed it meant using keywords in here, yet yesterday I surfed a site where the alt tag produced a thumb nail picture?
My site is based on the words "Sales, Selling, Salesmanship, and Sales Training. So I started my index with 4 pics&tags, each using one of my keywords. These link to my main four pages which are these words.
Was I correct in what I have learnt from your site? Feedback on my structure is welcome - [psro.co.uk...] (no plug intended). Do thumbnails in tags produce better ranks? if so how are they done?


 7:58 pm on Oct 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

Bobby will gladly make suggestions for accessibility also. This should be in everybody's bookmarks.

Extremely picky!


 8:04 pm on Oct 26, 2001 (gmt 0)

When creating an alt tag, ask yourself, "What function does this image perform?"

Alt tags are replacements for the image. Often people will try to use them as supplements to the image.

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