Oddly executed accessibility – hide the widgetFriday, June 17th, 2005 at 11:37 am
I just stumbled upon yet another web site widget that should enhance the accessibility and usability of the site, by offering different site widths and font sizes:
My question now is who that really helps? A visitor with bad eyesight is not likely to be able to decypher what these icons mean.
They do have a proper alternative text, but that is not visible until you turn off images (or hover over the images in MSIE).
It is a wonderful idea to help visitors with special needs, but it is harmful to implement them using design and technology that assumes the same users don’t have these needs.