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Re: need some help re problem sites (Hoger, Jodie)


From: Dave Merrill
Date: Apr 30, 2013 5:13AM

Hi Bronwyn, your guide looks very useful. I have a couple of questions, for
you and anyone else who'd like to chime in, if you don't mind. Please
excuse any obvious questions, I'm new to accessibility.

- You recommend the XHTML 1.0 Transitional doctype. Is there a problem
using HTML5?

- The navigation section doesn't mention the use of heading tags (h1-h6),
or ARIA roles. I thought both were commonly used by screen reader users to
discover content and navigate within the page. Am I wrong that they're

- I wasn't aware of the idea that purely decorative images should have
empty alt text. I thought all images should have alt text describing the
image or its functionality within the page. Do screen
readers completely skip images with no alt text, or are they announced as

Just to be clear, none of this is meant as criticism, just me trying
to understand what's important, and how to best get there.

Dave Merrill

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:32 AM, Bronwyn Lapham < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> Hi Jodie
> I work for the Australian National VET E-learning Strategy, and we have
> published what we hope to be a reasonably clear and helpful guide for
> teachers and devs<
> http://e-standards.flexiblelearning.net.au/implementation/accessibility/accessibility_guide_for_teachers/index.php
> >.
> There is navigation to move between examples of potential problem
> areas
> with examples of good and bad practice.
> You are welcome to contact me if I can be of help at
> regards
> Bronwyn Lapham
> > > >

Dave Merrill