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It had to happen

Despite the fact that decaffeinated dot org is, and always has been, composed of valid markup, I’ve never bothered (read: gotten around to) advertising the fact with any of those garish little buttons that seem so popular. I have, however, as of now, added such links to the very bottom of the page; site–wide. Feel free to validate anything and everything you come across. In addition, I’ve added links to Cynthia Says for accessibility testing; I’m privately hoping WaiZilla will be providing a web–based testing service when it’s done, since I’ve made my thoughts on Cynthia known before.

Aside from 508 compliance (which is surprisingly easy to attain… damned lazy US government) I’ve rated the site WAI Double–A compliant… though I’d kill for Triple–A. One personal point of contention for Triple–A is the concept of “ensur[ing] that all information conveyed with color is also available without color, for example from context or markup” being a little hazy to, uh… everybody in the whole fucking world. That’s priority 2 for images, 3 for text, and since images are largely inessential on this site I thought I’d avoid controversy (in regards to link colors… and lack of underlining) for now. On the flip side, “from context or markup” would seemingly make the importance of link color zero; links are marked up as links… obviously.

The thing that’s really keeping me away from a Triple–A rating is a lack of priority 3 tabindex and accesskey attributes throughout this humble domain… something the WAI demands for accessibility, obviously. I should really get on top of that. Interesting to note, though, is the disparity between the official WAI checklist and Cynthia’s own checklist:

the WAI says
Provide keyboard shortcuts to important links (including those in client-side image maps), form controls, and groups of form controls.
Cynthia says
All Anchor, AREA, BUTTON, INPUT, LABEL, LEGEND, and TEXTAREA elements are required to use the 'accesskey' attribute.

…And Cynthia will display a warning unless all of the aforementioned elements have accesskey attributes. There’s a real difference between ‘important links’ and ‘all links’ which I’m afraid Cynthia just isn’t grasping; and once again I’m hoping WaiZilla proves to be smarter than Cynthia.