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    Text is best for website accessibility

    I noticed this article in The Register yesterday:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08...accessibility/

    Personally my belief is that if you build W3C standards compliant websites then you don't have to create an alternative version for disabled people, they can use the same website as everyone else, resulting in an inclusive website, not one that ghettoises the disabled.
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    it's a large advert for LIFT, nothing more...
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    Personally my belief is that if you build W3C standards compliant websites...
    Nope. However, if you build standards-based semantic web sites, the disabled are able to use the same site.

    Semantic is a big word... really big.
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    Nearly as big as Accessible.

    Whereas text-only is not the answer, just a lethargic alternative for a graphics rich site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brak
    Nope. However, if you build standards-based semantic web sites, the disabled are able to use the same site.
    Can you explain what you mean by that please Brak?
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    Semantic basically means using HTML elements for thier default purposes. Using tables for tabular data, using definition lists for definitions, etc.

    For example, here's a semantic web site:
    Code:
    <ul id="nav">
      <li>Home</li>
      <li>Some other navigation</li>
    </ul>
    <h1>This page is about using semantics</h1>
    <p><strong>Semantics</strong> is the word that nearly the entire web development community forgot until the recent web standards movement.</p>
    Now, let's look at a not so semantic similar version
    Code:
    <table>
      <tr>
        <td>Home</td>
        <td>Some other nav</td>
      </tr>
      <tr>
      <tr>
        <td colspan="2">This page is about using semantics</td>
      </tr>
      <tr>
        <td colspan="2"><span class="bold-word">Semantics</span> is the word that nearly the entire web development community forgot until the recent web standards movement</td>
      </tr>
    </table>
    See the difference? Basically, like I said, using elements for their purpose instead of using what's convenient (although I feel using them for their purpose is convenient).
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    I agree with Redux. It is a nice Lift, and they want o make bussiness, but when you code correctly and sematically, you do not need an alternative version as for example a text version to increase accessibility.


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