Via a post on css-discuss from the lead designer, Cingular Wireless launches the next big commercial site to adopt XHTML for markup and a heavy reliance on CSS for layout and presentation. Apart from my natural interest level in this arena, Cingular happens to be my wireless carrier, which adds to my own intrigue.
table element on just about every page. Tables are appropriately pulled out of pocket only for pages which display tabular data, like Rate Plans for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Accessibility: Notwithstanding major improvements gained in the conversion, basic accessibility problems still plague the site. For instance, without stylesheets, multiple navigation links and header information fill the top of the page, yet no means of skipping over these elements to main content exists.
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<img> elements do not always match the visible text embedded within the image, and in certain places where it could be helpful, does not exist at all. Because of the simple, mostly tactile (and now, voice-activated) interfaces, mobile phones can easily be used by blind customers with little more than simple memorization of functions and button placement. Companies like Cingular can’t afford to have inaccessible web sites. They have a product and service which transcends visual impairment. Now that they’ve come this far with the site (and a good ways they’ve come), Cingular should spend the money, hire an Accessibility expert, (disclaimer: that’s not me) and go the full distance.