Of course I won't be using the marquee element / tag ever. I'll show you my HTML markup I intend to use but first we should consider what was said in the thread - marquee tag. This particular thread is important to the replies in this thread because the Website I'm doing this for is a football club...That has a 5 year development plan...Which includes introducing a new team for disabled people. Don't ask me how that works - The FA have commissioned it and are going round to football clubs to get feedback to see if there would be enough resources and disabled people that would be interested in playing football.
The design of the news ticker is (so far) going to be pretty much identical to the one on the Microsoft Corporation Website. See how I put the word design in italics and bold. Not how it will be implemented. I'll show you what my initial plan for the HTML markup would be below.
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<p><a href="#view-news">View All News</a></p>
<li><a href="/news/news-article-here/">Football Team Wins Premier Division!</a></li>
<li><a href="/news/news-article-here/">The FA Launch The "Respect" Campaign</a></li>
<li><a href="/news/news-article-here/">News Article Title Here</a></li>
Tell me please - Is this a good idea or a bad idea? And even if it is a bad idea to do, would this be the right way of doing it if I did want to do it?
If this is a bad idea and I shouldn't do this, how would you suggest I implement something like this?
I promised I would reply (as you asked this week) so here's my response (and it's short!):
It depends how you implement the finished effect as to how usable and accessible it will be. My advice at this stage while you're building it would be to build it as well as you can, make sure it gracefully degrades, go through WCAG point by point and ensure your work meets at least AA or AAA (if your ambitious) complacency and post that, you'll probably need to post a physical example or link to a working example for us to determine further how it could be made more usable and / or accessible (as it's pretty hard to highlight issues with a non-existent piece of code - that and it's a fairly subjective subject in general). Personally I try to avoid animated content unless the animation enhances the way the content is read or used, but I don't see there being any specific reason why it could't be made to work well.
I think having a news ticker similar in design to that of the one on the Microsoft Corporation Website would be fine for accessibility and usability. Don't you? I mean, I ain't no accessibility / usability expert but still. What could I do as an alternative for the client if it's an absolute no-no?
Cheers for the help anyone!