Accessibility Lockout for Olympics 2002 Site—Again?!
After the lawsuit, resulting decision, and huge scandal over the lack of
ALT attributes for the Sydney 2000 Olympics site, I had to go see how the Salt Lake 2002 site fares for accessibility. With Opera in hand to easily turn off images, I checked it out. Whew. This time they use
ALT attributes on the main page, and most of them have decent description text, with just a few having a pointless "image" for the
ALT attributes text. Not bad.
They could have easily included the
ALT attributes two years ago.
Unbelievably, though, the above is just the beginning of the story!
I clicked into the Spectator page. Down in the lower left of the Spectator page is this message: "Plug-ins needed for certain content: Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader." Potential uh-oh again if accessible alternatives aren’t provided.
To top it off, the Paralympics Venue map is a PDF document that isn’t accessible friendly.
Another factor is that the site is done in frames. Frames can have accessible alternatives with the
NOFRAMES element; however, they didn’t use them. When I turned off frames in Opera to try to view this new 2002 Olympics site, there was only a blank white screen with no alternative means to enter the site and no instructions. Nothing.
I suspect I could go from page to page with lots more, and it appears that I’ve only scratched the surface here of some major blunders with their site’s accessibility.
I wonder how long it will take before the you-know-what hits the fan.
For more information about building accessible sites, in addition to the above links, see also:
- WebsiteTips.com’s Accessibility section for annotated links to WAI Accessibility Guidelines and related links at W3C, tutorials, and more information about designing accessible sites.
- Web Standards Project (WaSP) Accessibility Information
Addendum: See Later Follow-ups Here, too:
- Olympics 2002 Site, Continued (Jan. 18, 2002)
- 2002 Olympics Site Accessibility Blunders, Continued (Jan. 22, 2002)
- More: Olympics Site Accessibility Issues (Feb. 14, 2002)
- More 2: Olympics Site Accessibility Issues (Feb. 15, 2002)
- Wired: Olympics Site Not Medal Worthy (Feb. 14, 2002)