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Google Accessible Search – Not Very Accessible

“Accessible Search is an early Google Labs product designed to identify and prioritize search results that are more easily usable by blind and visually impaired users.”

http://labs.google.com/accessible/

Ironically the pages themselves are not marked up in an entirely accessible manner:

  • They often fail to split the presentation from the mark up – <font color=#008000> meaning that it’s harder for the target audience to use their own colour schemes.
  • They are still using a table based layout – sometimes nested to three levels
  • The occasional use of non-relative font sizes : <font-size:9px>
  • And more…

It’s a start though, and another string for our bow to encourage our clients to consider accessibility a must for their sites.

Whilst on the topic of search, here’s a semi interesting article on Search 2.0

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/search_20_vs_tr.php

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