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RE: Accessible Organizational Charts


From: julian.rickards@ndm.gov.on.ca
Date: Jan 29, 2004 1:07PM

Regarding the HTML version, I think the information lends itself to tables
quite fine with some minor modifications. The group title, such as
"Associate and Assistant Deans" could be structured as a caption (which then
may be styled as you have it now) and then put "Name", "Title" and "Email
Address" within <th>s at the top of each column and you should be fine.

The problem with your "graphical" PDF is that the relationships are
difficult to interpret if you you just read the text alone.

...and yes, the two documents don't match each other. I think you may have
to restructure the org chart so that using text, the groupings are clear -
perhaps nested lists? Nested lists would be valid (in an HTML sense) but I
am not clear that they would be understood properly when the nesting is

Julian Rickards
Digital Publications Distribution Coordinator
Publications Services Section
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Phone: (705) 670-5608
Fax: (705) 670-5690

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jill Lenz [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 2:32 PM
> Subject: Accessible Organizational Charts
> Hello all,
> I'm looking for a recommended best practice for creating and
> maintaing
> accessible organizational charts. Currently, a secretary from
> our Deans
> Office maintains one in list form in HTML and maintains the other
> traditional style org chart in Word which is then converted to PDF.
> Samples of each are at
> http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/cvmbs/personel.html and
> http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/cvmbs/DeanOrgChart.pdf
> If you compare the two versions, you'll see the information doesn't
> match. Ideally, she should only have to maintain one version and the
> preferred format from the folks in the Dean's Office is the
> traditional
> style in PDF. Tools available to her are Dreamweaver, Office and
> Acrobat Distiller. I'm willing to create an HTML template for her.
> Accessible samples for reference would be appreciated.
> Thanks, Jill
> --
> Jill Lenz
> College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
> 1601 Campus Delivery
> Colorado State University
> Fort Collins, CO 80523-1601
> Office of the Dean - Instructional Technology
> http://www.cvmbs.colostate.edu/intech/lab/
> Office: Physiology 109
> InTech Lab: Physiology 101
> voice: 970-491-6585
> fax: 970-491-2250
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