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Chapter 8. User Experience: Text-Only Al... > Isn’t Text-Only a Common Practice?

Isn’t Text-Only a Common Practice?

Many sites do offer text-only variants. However, it’s ironic that, for example, when we visited the National Science Foundation’s Web site in July 2001, the first link on the site was a graphical link (!) to a “text version of [the] NSF Web site.” [1] The New York State site also has a graphical link to a text-only version, this one labeled “Welcome to New York State homepage click here for text version.” [2] The states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming all offered access to text-only versions of their sites as of late July 2001. The new White House site unveiled in September 2001 had a text-only link (which was still there in early June 2002). [3] So did the U.S. government’s main site for disability information when we visited in July 2001 (Figure 8-1).

[1] From the home page of the National Science Foundation Web site, accessed July 21, 2001, at http://www.nsf.gov.

[2] From the home page of the New York State Web site, accessed July 21, 2001, at http://www.state.ny.us/.

[3] See the White House Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov.

Figure 8-1. Screen shot showing the text-only link at the upper left of the U.S. government’s Web site for disability information before its redesign. Accessed July 21, 2001, at http://www.disability.gov. Used with permission.



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