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[Lynx-dev] FWD: Site accessibility (was: Lynx 2)

From: Webmaster Jim
Subject: [Lynx-dev] FWD: Site accessibility (was: Lynx 2)
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 08:00:53 -0400
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On Thu, Oct 28, 2004 at 12:46:23AM -0600, Webmaster wrote:
> Hello, Jim,
> Thank you for the rude awakening! What I mean by this might already be
> clear... It is a real experience to look at a website in text only at
> a VT100 terminal--gives a whole new meaning to tabbed browsing!
> Over the past year I've been attempting to create content that is
> accessible, and at least this much seems to be going alright--they are
> accessible, but that's about all. It's going to be a whole new ball
> game learning how to construct the pages so that they can be easily
> browsed with Lynx without affecting what sighted visitors experience.
> I can tell at this point that the Main Street site has it's share of
> shortcomings. How these will be overcome is all but overwhelming to
> wrap my brain around, though. We might be half where there, but we're
> certainly not up to scratch.
> This is where I turn to you and your colleagues for a few pointers, if
> and when you have a few moments to take a look and pass along a few
> suggestions.
> We have a very good friend (Leslie) who is legally blind, though she
> does have a 'pixel or two' of vision. It has always been with her in
> mind that I've gone to the effort to create accessible content. It
> should come as no surprse, now that I can see our content in Lynx that
> I should give myself a failing grade. I can see now that there is a
> lot of work ahead.
> Hopefull over the coming months this situation will improve.
> This winter we're going to be setting Leslie up with an internet
> connection, and thanks to you, a Lynx viewer. But I fear it will be a
> long haul for both of us.
> Can you point me to some resources that might help us to get going in
> the right direction? I have absolutely no experience in this area, and
> feel just short of desperate for a decent game plan.
> Many thanks for all your assistance, if and when you can take the time
> to offer a little guidance. I am forever in your debt.

I am forwarding this to the Lynx developers, where there are other
people who can provide guidance on using Lynx and building better HTML.

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I showed my Mom how to get to this site (dial-up in Maryland is free) so
she can browse without needing an ISP. They use numbered links, which I
am not fond of, but which are probably crucial for text-reader programs

> Regards,
> Roy
> Links:
> These are my (so called) accessible sites, or at least what I thought were, 
> anyway:
> Wainwright Main Street
> Wainwright & District Family and Community Services
> and supposedly, this commercial (non-ecommerce) site:
> Scribner Auction, Wainwright

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