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23 October 2006
There are some web sites on the Internet that are badly designed and inaccessible, but every now and again you come across one that really stands out amongst the bad sites.
The site I've come across this time is for the Tropical World at Roundhay park. The site appears to have gone for some high-tech features such as 3D virtual tours and speech enabled text. It's the latter bit that really gets me as it appears they've created sound clips, but made them inaccessible to the very people that would need them.
At the other end of the images earlier have been given entire paragraphs of text for their alt tags, which appears to be more about improving search engine ratings, and would inconvenience anyone viewing / listening to the alt tags rather than seeing the images.
Of course there are worse sites. In fact if you go to the company that created the audio files "Get Carter Productions", you end up at a flash only web site. The entire page on my 17inch screen is smaller than a standard sized post-it note. I'm guessing this may be that they've messed up the page for the Firefox browser, but at it's current resolution it's unreadable by those with excellent eye-sight, let alone those that need to read the site using large fonts.
For more information on the Tropical world see: Tourism: Leeds Roundhay Park Tropical World, West Yorkshire.