[Accessibleweb] Matt May on "text-only" alternative sites

Matt May mcmay at w3.org
Fri Jun 25 10:33:31 PDT 2004


My ears are burning. :)

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On Jun 25, 2004, at 10:16 AM, Harry Love wrote:


> Matt May, member of the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative, has written

> an excellent commentary on the ethical problems associated with

> creating

> text-only alternative sites.

>

> Article: http://www.bestkungfu.com/index.php?p=507

>

> Referring to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines' allowance for

> alternative pages (guideline 11.4), he says:

>

> "Best effort means more than some (or no) effort. It means you have

> taken a hard look at your site, and found that there is something you

> just can’t do accessibly. The bar for this claim is miles higher in

> 2004

> than it was in 1999: with well-established techniques on how to use the

> semantics of HTML and presentation capabilities of CSS, the set of what

> absolutely cannot be done is very small."

>

> Definitely worth the read, especially if you are considering a

> text-only

> alternative solution.

>

> Harry

>

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