As a web developer you have to balance how flash your site is going to be and how useable it is going to be to disabled people. Blind people are disabled, so when they surf the web, navigational and content hints that are hidden in the colour and layout is completely missed.
More importantly, these blind users often use a different computer setup which is very different. Some people use screen readers (e.g. Jaws) and some people use "basic" web browsers like Lynx or Links. These web browsers usually ignore all the added sugar to web pages and drills down straight to the content.
One of Internets most busy surfers is Google and who want's to reject Google access to your web page which would reduce your web page's chances of being found.
Conclusion is simple. Do not ignore blind web users. Google is one of them and that's a friend you don't want to reject access.
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What the h-l, when i hit the sample google search above Im redirected to www.microsoft.com ???
That was interesting. I've changed it now.
There's got be a connection between that and this google search: http://www.google.com/search?q=http
Yup now it works, what did you change?
Not sure I can reproduce it here because of the hyperlink emphasing but before the URL was:
My firefox does a "Feeling lucky" search on it in Google. That's why things happen as they do.
Hey! I'm blind and I almost missed this text box because it doesn't seem to be labeled. (using JAWS) Still, I like the sentament of your arguement.
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