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Re: accessible version of website


From: Andy Nelson
Date: Apr 27, 2020 1:12PM

We recently had this discussion within our team. Research on WCAG for alternative version:

Alternate versions may be provided to accommodate different technology environments or user groups. Each version should be as conformant as possible. One version would need to be fully conformant in order to meet conformance requirement 1.

5.2.1 Conformance Level§
One of the following levels of conformance is met in full.
' For Level A conformance (the minimum level of conformance), the Web page satisfies all the Level A Success Criteria, or a conforming alternate version is provided.
' For Level AA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A and Level AA Success Criteria, or a Level AA conforming alternate version is provided.
' For Level AAA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A, Level AA and Level AAA Success Criteria, or a Level AAA conforming alternate version is provided.

Conforming alternate version
version that:
1. Conforms at the designated level, and
2. Provides all of the same information and functionality in the same human language, and
3. Is as up to date as the non-conforming content, and
4. For which at least one of the following is true:

1. The conforming version can be reached from the non-conforming page via an accessibility-supported mechanism, or
2. The non-conforming version can only be reached from the conforming version, or
3. The non-conforming version can only be reached from a conforming page that also provides a mechanism to reach the conforming version

Andy Nelson

-----Original Message-----
From: Dhananjay Bhole [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2020 12:54 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] accessible version of website


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?


WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

On 4/27/20, Steve Green < <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> > 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
> > > > > >

Dhananjay Bhole,
Accessibility evangelist,
Cell: +919850123212
Website: http://www.sites.google.com/site/dhananjaybhole