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library site accessibility


From: Leo Smith
Date: Sep 27, 2001 6:46AM

As already mentioned, there are implications for this design with
regards to accessibility. Under Priority one, the page should
function with JS turned off. In this case, the user is losing out on
content with JS off. Also, the page should function with CSS turned
off. The box with the text that appears when you mouseover a link
will not work with CSS off.
However, there is also the question of whether the text that you
include in the the popup box is accessible. As you say, it is text
based, but looking at the code, will someone using a screen reader
know what that text is referring to if it is enclosed within a JS event:
<a href="Libinfo.htm" onMouseOver="overlib('Employment, Hours,
Policies, Services and Staff', FIXX, 390, FIXY, 150)"
In other words, will the reader even interpret the text that is
enclosed within the JS event "onMouseOver".
Just some thoughts.

Leo Smith
Web Designer/Developer
USM Office of Publications and Marketing
University of Southern Maine