No Boundaries Logo

Web Accessibility Policy of the State of Maine

Back to Policy Table of Contents

Implementation Guidelines

19. Alternate Accessible Versions

19.1 - Use separate accessible versions only as a last resort.

Separate accessible or "text-only" versions are often offered instead of providing a single accessible site.

Manually developing and maintaining a separate "text-only" version of an entire site is tremendously demanding of time and resources. In practice, "text-only" versions are rarely kept complete or up-to-date. Given advances in accessibility techniques and assistive technologies, "text-only" sites are simply not necessary in most cases.

Follow these standards to develop a single site that is universally accessible and efficient to maintain.

Ref: WCAG 11.4; 508 k