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Meldrum’s List is a web site designed to provide information on lawyers in the firm of the same name. The site is Level A accessible while still providing a modern look and feel. One thing Meldrum’s List requested was a Splash page:
Meldrum's List needed to design a solution that catered to the needs of people that did not have either the software or physical ability to interact with a Flash presentation. Their solution included:
A flash detection script was used so that people without Flash installed were taken straight to the home page of the site:
People who are using a screen-reader, using a keyboard or accessing the site through a slow modem will still activate the Flash script but they will have difficulty viewing or interacting with it. Flash is not recognised by screen-readers so a user would not be aware of the Flash script. On conclusion of a splash page you usually navigate to the home page by clicking on the Flash presentation, however this sometimes cannot be activated by a keyboard. People using a slow modem may have to wait fifteen minutes for the presentation to be completed before they can proceed on to the home page.
In all these cases the problem is that the plugin is not recognised or cannot be activated. The solution must:
Meldrum’s List decided to add a single text link on the Splash page, labeled ‘enter’. Screen readers are able to read the link, and it can be activated by the keyboard at any stage during the presentation. This link should always appear before the splash page, however it was later moved in this instance.
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