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Re: accessible version of website


From: Michael Ausbun
Date: Apr 27, 2020 12:48PM

I have seen this occur when websites use an accessibility overlay such as the one found at the following link: https://accessibe.com/
If this is what you encountered, I'd recommend against this approach. Here are a few resources that explain why:
Jason Taylor of UsableNet wrote four reasons why accessibility overlays fall short<https://blog.usablenet.com/3-reasons-why-accessibility-overlays-fall-short>.
Karl Groves wrote Web Accessibility Overlays don't work<https://blog.tenon.io/web-accessibility-overlays-dont-work>
There is also this amusing, ententionally broken overlay demo page<https://overlaysdontwork.com/> .
I hope this helps!

From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of TJ McElroy
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2020 1:25 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >; Dhananjay Bhole < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] accessible version of website

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I think that this is Chrome letting you know that it can render the web
page for use with the Chromium screen reader.

On 4/27/2020 1:54 PM, Dhananjay Bhole wrote:
> Hi,
> It is not recommended to maintain 2 different versions of the website
> as it is very difficult to maintain 2 versions of the websites
> simultaneously. Also accessibility is not only for screen reader user.
> It is for all.
> It is not only discriminatory but also challenging for persons with
> disabilities when they ask help of their sighted peers as sighted
> persons find it unusual.
> I also have same question in my mind why google has provided 2
> versions of gmail as A. basic html version of gmail for screen reader
> user and B. standard version for abled body persons.
> I read one of the W3c document that maintaining 2 versions of website
> is the accessibility myths. Then why Google like organizations have 2
> versions for one of their very crucial products?
> Regards
> WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >>
> On 4/27/20, Steve Green < <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >> wrote:
>> It depends what the link does. If it points to a different version of the
>> website, then it's probably not a good idea, although there might be a good
>> reason. Ideally, both versions would be fed from the same CMS so the content
>> stays synchronised.
>> Alternatively, they might be using a style switcher to modify the appearance
>> and behaviour of a single version of the website, which might be a sensible
>> thing to do. We have recommended this approach for a few websites where the
>> product owners insisted on having whizzy features that did not play nicely
>> with assistive technologies.
>> Steve Green
>> Managing Director
>> Test Partners Ltd
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> <mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> >> On Behalf Of Tyler
>> Shepard
>> Sent: 27 April 2020 18:26
>> Subject: [WebAIM] accessible version of website
>> Hi all,
>> I was on a website that as soon as I loaded the page it said if you are
>> using a screen reader hit this key combo. Is this a new thing, to design
>> one version for screen reader users and one for non-screen reader users?
>> Would love to know your thoughts. I have mine not a fan because it is an us
>> vs them idea.
>> >> >> http://webaim.org/discussion/archives<;http://webaim.org/discussion/archives>;
>> >> >> >> >> >>


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