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Re: Business Benefits of Access-for-All Design


From: Terence de Giere
Date: Nov 27, 2002 8:52PM

The page http://www.ideal-group.org/World_Bank/index.asp (Business
Benefits of Access-for-All Design) has some problems: the server is set
to a mime type of text/plain instead of text/html. This page displays OK
in Internet Explorer, but other browsers display it as HTML code, not a
rendered web page.

Netscape 7, Lynx 2.8.4, and the W3C Amaya browser 6.4 all displayed
plain text. (I am rebuilding my computer after a crash and do not have
all my browsers reinstalled but three out of the four failing to display
this page as rendered HTML is a problem!). The page also uses the
Windows 1252 character set rather than the ISO 8859-1 character set.
HTML pages on this server appear to have the correct mime type set, but
ASP pages do not. I think this ASP page was saved from another server
since the server here is a UNIX machine running Apache. It should work
OK if the .asp extension is changed to .htm or .html. If the URL is
typed in as http://www.ideal-group.org/World_Bank/ the page renders OK
in the other browsers.

This is a point Jukka Korpela brought up a few days ago on the forum
(#213), that it does not matter what mime type is specified for the page
in the meta element, the server's setting will normally determine how a
page is rendered. The Internet Explorer browser seems to be an exception
here. I have had this problem with servers where the CSS files are given
the mime type of text/plain instead of text/css, and browsers like
Netscape 7 will not think it is a CSS file, but an ordinary *.txt file
and not format the page linked to it.

Just another detail that affects accessibility, even for visual users,
not typically mentioned in accessibility guidelines.

Terence de Giere

Business Benefits of Access-for-All Design
"Michael R. Burks" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Wed, 27 Nov 2002 11:41:56 -0500


for those with an interest, this is an updated version of Steve Jacobs
paper....the original was great! This one is better!

"Business Benefits of Access-for-All Design." The updated content appears
as follows:


Mike Burks

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