If we find inaccessible Web sites, tell them what the problem is. I found an open letter written by Everett Zufelt.
Everett has been loosely involved in web development for over ten years, during which time he lost his sight as a result of a degenerative eye disease. As he transitioned from large font to a screen-reader he realized that many information systems were not accessible to the blind, or to persons with certain other disabilities.
Read his Drupal blog post, Open letter to CTV regarding Accessibility of CTVOlympics.ca. The letter represents his experience as a blind user accessing inaccessible Web site. Everett using Mozilla Firefox browser with the help of JAWS–Job Access With Speech–screen reader.
What is his point?
- placing 342 links on a sites home page is very poor practice.
- There are four embedded Flash objectives on the CTV Olympics home page that are completely inaccessible to the blind.
The Flash objects on the CTV Olympics web-site are not accessible to any blind users, and as far as I observed there was no alternative method of accessing the information within the objects.
- the video, and audio, began playing when the page loaded. Having audio that begins to play when a page loads is an incredibly poor accessibility practice.
- …I was unable to Stop or Pause the video, to adjust the Volume of the video, or to make any other viewing choices where the controls for these choices were embedded in the video player.
And please follow some links on its discussion thread. Especially Joe Clark’s link, Vancouver Olympics Web sites are inaccessible to disabled people.
We have an equal access on the World Wide Web.