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Re: Flash and accessibility


From: Dean Hamack
Date: Dec 20, 2008 11:15AM

On 12/20/08 8:52 AM, "Emma Duke-Williams" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> Flash also works well, I think (perhaps as part of) education driven
> sites. Clearly, in that case, alternatives may need to be thought
> about (while remembering that for many learners, carefully designed
> interactions / animations etc., may be much easier to understand than
> text) (e.g. http://library.med.utah.edu/kw/pharm/hyper_heart1.html -
> which does have text explanations as well)

That's exactly what it is. I already did the site in HTML two years ago. But
there is so much pixel pushing, layering, animation, etc. that it takes
forever to update and test. They already have Flash video, and are now going
to add Flash games. So at this point, I just recommended they go all Flash.
I had already intended to provide alternative text content for mobile users
and print. I was just trying to figure out whether I should also use that
content for the folks using screenreaders, or just let them navigate the
Flash site. I think I'll go with the former.

Thanks folks.