“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.”
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