[thelist] Site Check: Is it accessible?

Julian Rickards julian.rickards at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 02:48:56 CST 2006

One of the reasons I mentioned that I have a bit of difficulty when there is
low contrast between foreground text and background images is because
accessibility isn't just about the blind and how they use JAWS or Fangs but
also about people who have sight but problems with their sight such as poor
vision (requiring larger text), color-blindness and in my case, a problem
with contrasts (I don't know if there is a name for this, I have never had
it evaluated). Therefore, a valid, semantic HTML page could be rendered
inaccessible for some depending on how the CSS was crafted. JAWS and Fang
users wouldn't have a problem so running those applications would not find
CSS-created color-contrast issues.


On 01/12/06, Donna Jones <donnajjones at gwi.net> wrote:
> Hi Stephen:  A great tool I use a lot is Fangs
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/fangs  extension for firefox/mozilla.
> it emulates a screen reader and prints out what a user would hear.  not
> as good as using Jaws, of course, but can help.
> other people have mentioned some things.  what i noticed is the lack of
> headings.  one of the ways that people use Jaws is to scan the page and
> getting all the headings is a big part of that.  You've used an image,
> e.g. for your h1 but there is no text there for a screen reader to read.
>   there are image replacement techniques which can take care of this.
> here's one article,
> http://www.digital-web.com/articles/in_defense_of_fahrner_image_replacement/
> bit a search would get you many more.  I have Andy Budd's book, CSS
> Mastery, and been using that as my source recently and going from there.
> best
> Donna
> Stephen Rider wrote:
> > Quick check of an existing site.  Simply put, is this site something
> > I can legitimately describe as "handicapped accessible"?  Fully so?
> > Partially?
> >
> > <http://www.realtymort.com/>
> >
> > Thanks much,
> >
> > Stephen Rider
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