We run this site with the following policy: That users want good information, clearly presented, and easy to access. This is why you will find no unneccessary multi-media, Flash rollovers, sparkly animations, etc.
Pages are written using the best available practice in HTML standards, and with respect for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
New pages we write are in xhtml, some pages are still in HTML4.01. There may be a very few older pages on the site, and we update them to xhtml as we find them.
We use xhtml and HTML4.01 Transitional, rather than Strict. This is because we use HTML techniques which allow the pages to work in as many browsers as possible. Many of these cross-browser techniques are illegal according to the 'Strict' Recommendations.
For example, the words Transitional and Strict in the sentence above are marked up using the < em > < /em > container element, rather than using Cascading Style Sheets. CSS would be the preferred, modern way to do it, but <em> works in all browsers.
We aim for WCAG AA Compliance. This is tempered by the recognition that our target market is Motorcyclists - by definition able-bodied and fully-sighted.
We do recognize that the site will be used by others with differing abilities, perhaps friends or relatives of bikers. We use whatever means are appropriate to make our pages accessible to all - without degrading the page look-and-feel for the majority of our readership.
As an example, our main listings pages currently fail WCAG Priority 2 Automatic checks for the following reason:
|Fred's Motorcycles||Yamaha servicing and repair specialist, Nuneaton. [Map]|
|Joe's Wiring and Electric Shop||Japanese bike wiring modifications. Based in Cheshire, will travel. [Map]|
To modify the page to pass this particular check would require text similar to this:
|Fred's Motorcycles||Yamaha servicing and repair specialist, Nuneaton. [map to Fred's Motorcycles]|
|Joe's Wiring and Electric Shop||Japanese bike wiring modifications. Based in Cheshire, will travel. [map to Joe's Wiring and Electric Shop]|
We would argue that repeating the use of [Map] is not a problem. The intention of the link is clear - in context. The text is laid out in a table, but even the most elementary text-to-speech reader scans this in the correct left-to-right manner, and the meaning of the [map] link is clear. (We have tested this using a couple of commonly available readers.)