[access-uk] Re: Website preferences

It has to be option C always! BS8878 underpins that and you should be supporting BS8878.



Colin Fowler


----- Original Message ----- From: "Egan, Bim" <Bim.Egan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2011 7:29 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Website preferences


Hi,

Apologies if you see this on other lists ...

My name's Bim Egan, I'm the technical lead for RNIB's web access team.
Web designers sometimes look to RNIB for guidance on what sight-impaired
people need to make a site accessible.  Though we have no power to
insist that they take our advice, we want to make sure that what we say
is right for  you and others .

Could you help us please, by saying which of the following three options
(A, B or C) would be more likely to suit your needs?

A.  a text-only site, mirroring the main site with all its features; or

B.  A separate, simplified site made easier for sight-impaired people,
but with the risk of missing out on some of the features on the main
site; or

Option C: If it's possible, one website that is accessible for everyone,
sighted and unsighted.

Option B could mean extra cost for web designers, which they may not
like to incur.  On the other hand some people who work entirely from the
keyboard tell us that Options A and C can mean far too many key strokes
for them.

Question:  Would it be a good idea for RNIB, as policy, to encourage
designers of the more popular or important sites  for independent
living, (grocery sites for example) to produce an option B version?

Thank you.

Bim



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