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WAI redesign

Joe Clark asked us WaSP ATF tykes what we thought of the beta version of the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative redesign of their pages.

I agree with Joe, and also think

What’s your take on it?

(In a related note, the WCAG 2.0 Working Draft 30 June 2005 is available for public comments, and the CSS 2.1 working draft is on a “last call” for comments by 15 July 2005. Baffling to me, these w3c documents; they seem to be written in a foreign language).

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7 Responses to “ WAI redesign ”

Comment by Kazuhito

I strongly agree with your points, especially about the “bridge” image issue. It’s purely a decoration and NOT a part of contents. I can’t make sense why WAI did so…

Comment by Bob Easton

There’s something over in the upper right which looks like a widget for changing text size. On first look, it leads one to think it will behave the same as similar devices on other sites; click a large letter, get larger text.

Surprise, surprise. It doesn’t work as expected. It’s a simple link to a page that tells you how to change settings in various browsers. How 1997 is that?!

Comment by Shez

Just from a purely aesthetic point of view it’s a mess. I don’t understand the bridge image – what does it say about them? Who knows. I agree with Bruce’s observation about it being too full of nefarious boxes – not very elegant design – can’t comment on the implications for accessibility however. And the use of colour is pretty crap.

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Comment by Matt

Left hand navigation is ugly and too spaced for my liking. I think the bridge is just a placeholder, but it’s presentational rather than content so shouldn’t be an img tag. AAA bit could be a style switcher, in fact I expected it to be…

Always easier to criticise than do, so here’s some positives too:

The what div is presented well, and actually tells a new user what the hell a WAI is and why they should care.

Comment by Bob Easton

Bridges(and gates, and doors) are often used as symbols for interchange. Example: EU currency. I think the bridge here is intended as a symbol for easy interchange between the normally-abled and the disabled.

Even if too abstract to parse, it is orders of magnitude better than the usual wheelchair symbol.

Comment by Peter Buchy

I’m not concerned about the bridge. When I kill the stylesheets, I don’t see it, so it doesn’t bother me. It’s a background image.

I really object to the bulky serif font being used for the title. I have my vision corrected wonderfully, and it still makes my eyes hurt on a backlit screen.

The page margins shouldn’t scale when I change font size. It compresses the space even more in those columns. I can’t figure out why the buttons for the WAI items are at the bottom of the left column, either. They look completely out of place.

At least I can use it without stylesheets on.

Comment by Matt

I’m not concerned about the bridge. When I kill the stylesheets, I don’t see it, so it doesn’t bother me. It’s a background image.

Ah, they have changed it since the original post. Good for them!

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