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Catching Up With the Email

Well, the heading says it all really. There’s no rhyme or reason for this post
- other than I have been going through a small backlog of mail and had some
people tell me about their sites, a few others ask questions that I was unable
to answer and so on. So, I thought I should just post this mish-mash for all
to see.

  • http://www.dudleycol.ac.uk
    - "Well, we’ve tried to make out site accessible. We thought it was,
    then the RNIB audited it. A month or so later, we fixed what they found and
    the result is on-line. But we do use tables and things!" - David King.
  • Paul Weddell wrote to us: "Gez Lemmon and Jane Wilcock’s study of UK
    Government web sites
    is not actually a survey of UK Government web
    sites. It is a survey of LOCAL Government web sites. It would be interesting
    to see something similar for Parish Councils and National Government web sites.
    For instance, the DWP, Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise to name but 3
    and also the Dept of Health." - Any takers?
  • Many people write: "Your list-o-matic
    tool
    creates broken links and are reporting them on a regular basis."
    No - the broken links are coming from yourselves. Let me explain - you need
    to include the ‘http://’ part when you enter the URL. If you leave it out,
    you will create a link that looks like this: <a href="www.mysite.com">
    in the source code but, because you are testing it within the context of this
    site, the browser interprets it as ‘http://accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/list-o-matic/www.mysite.com’.
    Add in the http folks, and your links will work. Besides, how dare you suggest
    something on this site doesn’t work properly ;-)
  • Finally, Matthew Lindop from Webprojects
    got in touch to let us know about some work that they recently completed that
    readers of this site might want to take a look at. First up the Associated
    Board of Music (ABRSM), the world’s largest music exam board, which you’ll
    find at www.abrsm.org .  The site
    aims to be accessible, standards-compliant and usable (Accessify contributor
    Dennis Kessler was involved in the usability side of things). One area of
    the site that Matthew admits they were not able to ensure was fully accessible
    was the network of message boards (so he should be interested in Nigel’s post
    below regarding AccessifyForum). The other site Matthew brought to our attention
    is City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    which has just been relaunched with better use of CSS and a new colour switcher
    widget.

That is all, people. Nothing more to see, please move along …

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Posted by Ian on Wednesday, November 5, 2003

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