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Re: WebBlender Accessibility


From: Michael D. Roush
Date: Dec 6, 2005 11:00AM

Michael Roush wrote:
> In their print catalog, the description of WebBlender includes the following: "WebBlender sites adhere to accessibility guidelines and standards, ensuring that your site will be available to the widest possible audience". I have sent off an e-mail to their tech support asking for some more specific information about what standards they mean.

Here is the response I got:
"WebBlender features that help users with accessibility standards are
primarily features that allow WebBlender pages to be used with screen

- Alt tags can be used and edited for all graphics.
- Page titles can be edited.
- Text in text objects is standard text that can be read by a screen

Text-to-speech can be added for one text object per page. *Since only one
sound is allowed to be added to a page in HTML.

WebBlender allows users to design pages in any way they wish - changing text
color, style, backgrounds, buttons, etc. The software does not check for
any accessibility issues that may be related to design or layout of sites
that are created.

You also mentioned 'wysiwyg' tools in your message. By default, WebBlender
pages are designed to scale. That is, if you resize your browser window the
page elements will resize to fit the viewable area."

Not nearly what I was hoping for. It almost seems to me that
'accessibility' is more of a marketing angle for them in their catalog
than a real part of the software development. And I am a bit puzzled as
to their consideration of being able to add a background sound to a page
as a "text to speech" object as an accessibility feature.