Accessibility vs BlindSurfer
A couple of interesting posts over at Veerle’s blog show what can happen when only vision impaired users are catered to. In Accessibility, Veerle’s point of view, Veerle noted that her home town’s website has been approved by the BlindSurfer organisation even though the “HTML” is a complete FrontPage generated mess, about as bad as it can get. There was A response from an accessibility consultant from BlindSurfer which makes an interesting read.
I’ve said this before: focusing only on blind and vision impaired users is not the way to go. Accessibility is about all web users. I find the site in question, www.deinze.be, just barely accessible and usable, and I am fully abled and use a graphical browser on a desktop computer. I also tried using the site with VoiceOver and sure, it’s possible to get around, but the frames and missing alt attributes make it really hard.
This kind of label of approvement is bad for the overall health of the web.