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Navbars and accessability

Discussion in 'Web Design Forum' started by staceybrook, May 13, 2011.

  1. staceybrook

    staceybrook New Member

    Hi .. I know its good practice to have alternative text navigation if a site is using a flash nav bar, but is this compulsory? Someone has "proof read" one of my sites looking for those errors you miss when designing and has commented

    "All Flash navbars and graphical links need visible text alternatives to comply with European legislation on accessibility" ..

    he also goes on to say "nothing for screen-readers to read so as not accessible to partially sighted. Also page would make no sense to mobile browsers who have Flash, Images and Javascript turned off"

    Laudible points, but how much does everyone take such considerations into account, and does anyone know if it is really EU law to have text nav bars throughout site?
  2. Victorious

    Victorious New Member

    First of all - yes they are absolutely right. Why are you using flash for navigation there is so many html/js solutions. For the screen readers and search engine crawlers any flash content will be simply a blank space. According to EU legislation your site should achieve at least level 1 of compliance.

    If it's your personal site - I would not care - if it is a customer's site or commercial one then I would worry a lot as you can easily be sued by any blind or partially sighted person wanting to access this site and simply not being able to (according to law YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE)
  3. kathygreen

    kathygreen New Member

    I think the suggestions you have received are very appropriate and important. You should definitely look into them and it is also thought that a site with too much flash might not be very successful from an SEO point of view as well. It becomes more effective, its its kept clear and is navigable easily and also about mobile net users, like me, it would be quite difficult.
    Good luck.

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