The macromedia.com website gets redesigned with a new facelift and rich internet application.
The new website prompts new questions once again about macromedia’s compliance with accessible devices. Here is macromedia’s accessibility statement www.macromedia.com/help/accessibility.html
The site is provided in two versions, a Flash version and a HTML version. The HTML version contains all the SWF movies from the Flash version as flat images (JPGs and GIFs) with image maps linking title/parts shown in the graphics.
It is interesting when duplicate content is created like this. From experience, I’ve learned that this approach tremendously increases resources, as you have to create two versions of the entire site. It will be interesting to see what final decisions Macromedia make and what approaches they take towards accessible devices and screen readers.
A Flash SWF movie for example does not validate as W3C HTML 4.01 compliant.
Here is the new Macromedia site under a W3C Validator. It had 23 errors and was not validated as XHTML 1.0 Transitional.