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Re: ideas on restructuring this page


From: Angela French
Date: Sep 9, 2015 10:36AM

Thank you! I look forward to hearing ideas from others as well.

Angela French

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Cliff Tyllick
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 9:34 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] ideas on restructuring this page

Sorry—while trying to edit my answer, I hit "Send" with my fat fingers. To finish:
' You could change the tags in the first column of the table to <td>. The advantage is that you would systematically associate the name of the facility with each of its reports. The downside is that people using the list of links would still hear all those instances of "word," "PDF," and "Excel," with no unique identifiers. I like the alt text method better.
' Add aria-labelledby attributes to each icon's <img> tag. to make this work, you would also have to give each item in column 1 its own unique ID. But I don't think this would improve the experience at all for people who use screen readers and rely on lists of links. (Would it, folks? I'd like to know for sure.) ' Instead of a table, you could use a list, but I think that would make it harder for sighted people to skim for individual items.

Angela, I wonder about one other thing: Would it make better sense to flip the second two columns in your table, to put the more recent reports first? If most people want the more recent report, then you're making most of your customers work through a link they don't want to get to one they do. Flipping them might be a bad idea if your tables have been this way forever, but I think it would make finding the report I want easier.

Cliff Tyllick
Accessibility Specialist
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Austin, Texas
512-377-0366 (o)

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> On Sep 8, 2015, at 2:35 PM, Angela French < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hello,
> I am looking for ideas on restructuring this page:
> http://sbctc.edu/college/_f-majorprojectstatrep.aspx
> I am not a fan of how the actual document link is not connected to the actual document name, but given that it occurs in multiple years (the columns) this was how it was done. The other issue is that some items actually have two document file types presented.
> I would appreciate different ideas to consider that make it both highly usable, but of course, accessible.
> Thank you
> Angela French
> Internet Specialist
> Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
> 360-704-4316
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