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From: Mark Rew
Date: Jan 21, 2003 10:52AM


The concern I have with an all graphics site is that any text information that is displayed with graphics have an alt tag with the corresponding information. I'm also concern with the effect on slower connections such as users connecting to an Internet provider via modem.

Another thought is that the separation between structure, content, and presentation is lost. It improves navigation to use standard structure elements as heading tags, paragraph, list, etc. Many screen readers can jump to the beginning and end of such structures as lists, tables, and paragraphs. Or provide a list of headings that the user can jump to. All of these features make navigating a web page with a screen reader easier.

Mark Rew
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From: Tony Trott
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Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 11:18 AM
Subject: graphic slices


Hi, all.

I'm curious about the idea of designing a homepage with graphics. It seems to me that this would not be a good idea as it would be quite inaccessible to screenreaders and if the graphics are raster graphics they will be distorted when enlarged. Also, having a lot of text in a graphic also can easily lead to abuse of the alt-text requirement.

I'm asking this because I have seen and heard a lot of people talking about designing with sliced graphics. As I said, it seems like a bad idea to me but I admit I could be wrong. What do you think of this idea of designing a homep