K. Alternative Pages

A text-only page, with equivalent information or functionality, shall be provided to make a web site comply with the provisions of these standards, when compliance cannot be accomplished in any other way. The content of the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.

Alternative Pages

Because of the difficulty in keeping alternative pages up to date with the full content of the original page, alternative pages should be provided only after you have tried all of the other pertinent techniques to make your original page accessible.

To comply, text-only pages must contain equivalent information or functionality as the primary pages. Also, the text-only page shall be updated whenever the primary page changes.

Example

Here is one way you might give visitors the choice:

Welcome to the Organization's Web Site!
Follow this link if you want the
<A HREF="path1/">Dazzling Flash and JavaScript site,</A>,
or follow this link if you want the
<A HREF="path2/">normal html version</A>

When the user chooses a link, the appropriate page will be served.

Note: Please remember that this checkpoint should only be used as a last resort. As more browsers support the latest versions of HTML, XML, CSS1 and CSS2 and other accessible W3C languages, pages that cannot be made accessible by following the other guidelines will become rarer.