scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Building web pages
Michael Bowman (mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG
Thu Nov 04 1999 - 08:17:32 CST
Cheryl asked where to find HTML 4.0 Standards after getting an
unintelligible message from "Bobby" about her code. "Bobby" at
http://www.cast.org/bobby/ is an interactive site by created by the Center
for Applied Special Technology, which rates sites for disadvantaged access.
It is rather strict - uses the WAI (Web Accessability Inititive) guidelines,
which are found at http://www.w3.org/WAI/.
The HTML 4.0 Specification is found at http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/,
which is the website of the World Wide Web Consortium (the body that sets
Bobby can be a useful tool, but often returns results that are not very
helpful unless the user is fairly expert at HTML and already has a good idea
of what is wrong. Bobby may also give you a less than stellar rating if you
have a page that has multiple navigation options; e.g., one that is
graphical and one that is text based. The text based navigation would
suffice to make sure that text reader users could navigate the site, making
the site compliant. However, if you use an image map that relies on a
separate file for image mapping, Bobby may dun you as not being accessabile
even though you have the same links in text format. When I've tested Bobby
on pages known to be HTML 4.0 compliant it still returned comments
indicating a need for change that were really weird. For example on an image
link to a page with the that alt= text of "Link to XYZ Site" Bobby came back
and said that the link needed alternative "ALT" text. ?? While Bobby can
be helpful sometimes, it is by no means a perfect tool for deciding whether
a page is meets accessability standards.
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.