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    Senior Member leprechaun13's Avatar
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    Ive just been reading one of my PHP books and it says Framesets are illegal under the Disability Discrimination Act, I dont use framesets or frames so Im coverd on that one but is there anything else I should watch out for?
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    Always use the alt property with your img tags.
    But that's a validation issue, so you will use those anyhow.

    I've heard it said that you should try displaying your page without your
    CSS stylesheet and see what it looks like. If it's readable, layed-out sort
    of properly, and can be properly navigated, you're real close.

    Any site readers, machines, etc. will be viewing your page "naked",
    without use of the style sheet.

    That's also the importance of using "alt" property ... view your site with
    no images showing and see how well you can navigate and view content.


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    Interesting topic of discussion...

    Will web design follow the same route as architecture, with guidelines and review boards?

    Will websites have to conform to ADA guidelines to be allowed to remain online?

    What impact will that have on the way the Internet works?

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    Im just concernded as I dont want to be sued for it or anything, although I dont think anyone would. But i like to be careful.
    Regards Phil,


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    In the St. Paul Pioneer Press today...

    A class action lawsuit has been filed against Target Corp. ...

    http://www.petefreitag.com/item/582.cfm

    A blind woman suing because their website is not accessible to
    the software used for reading the content for blind users.

    Target expects the case to be dismissed because there are no
    laws with the Disabilities Act or state laws (Minnesota) that require
    their website to be accessible.

    This is actually important though ... because it's a glimpse at what
    the future will be in the U.S. I think Europe is already ahead of
    the ball on this one, and things will be changing for the U.S.

    It might be important to discuss this more, and maybe even have
    a new section on WDF just for this issue ... I think we'll all be seeing
    more of this in the next year or two.

    More on this subject ... not a new issue for Target, by the way:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search


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    I agree... a Web Accessibility or ADA forum would be a good addition to WDF.

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    I'm gonna raise that in the mod forum... thanks for the suggestion

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    Yea its a lot tougher in the UK on discrimination alothugh I though the US would be worse and I think it would be a good idea for another forum.

    That raises a good point can Narrator read text that is in flash, because in that case all Pure flash websites would be illegal in Europe at least.
    Regards Phil,


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    I found this good explanation.

    http://www.webaim.org/techniques/flash/

    QUOTE: "The majority of Flash content cannot be made natively accessible to screen readers. By its very nature, Flash content does not lend itself to screen reader accessibility."

    So, Flash designers can/and should incorporate other Flash features that
    handle the problems with accessibility. The article explains it very well.
    It was eye-opening to me ... mainly because I don't do Flash.


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    Read this thread from 3 years ago about proper coding from a blind web designer's POV:

    http://www.webdesignforums.net/showthread.php?t=10850
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