[OT] Oracle Portal site redesign...

technomage technomage-hawke at cox.net
Mon Jul 26 11:40:49 UTC 2004

here's one for you: the Americans with Disabilities Act.

javascript can be notorious for not being very accessible, especially to the 
blind. something that you might want to hit them with (politely).

Technomage Hawke

On Monday 26 July 2004 02:58 am, Mario Lang wrote:
> Hi.
> My employer is planning to whipe the currently existing
> static webpages completely, and replace our web presence with
> a Oracle Portal solution.  I've been told this will
> involved heavy javascript usage, and will effectively
> render the whole web system inaccessible to me.
> I am now looking for good technical arguments why
> a well-thought-through and standards-compliant (read WAI WCAG) website
> is better than a overdesigned dynamic system with heavy use of javascript
> and perhaps even uglier things like flash or ActiveX components.
> If you've got any really convincing arguments for me, please
> let me know.  I will collect them and try to convince
> my boss to change this decision at least in a way which would
> make the site more accessible than the current plan implies.
> If those plans persist, the currently very nicely
> accessible WWW server of the technical university of Graz
> (www.tugraz.at) is going to be replaced with a inaccessible version.
> This is quite a step backward, sad to hear at a time where
> the EU already asked member states three years ago to start
> to make their web sites more accessible to people with disabilities.
> Please just send good technical arguments.  Philosophical
> ones might be reasonable, but are not relevant here.

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