online banking with Bank of America: not quite accessible enough

Darrell Shandrow nu7i at
Sat Jan 31 10:32:36 EST 2004

Hi David,

Unfortunately, pure-text based browsers like Links and Lynx are simply
obsolete.  There's no reasonable expectation that any company should be
forced, in any way, to support such technology.  We must strive to separate
any and all concepts of web accessibility from these obsolete technologies,
as any such link hurts our cause.

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Poehlman" <poehlman1 at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2004 7:22 AM
Subject: Re: online banking with Bank of America: not quite accessible

> If anyone is in regular touch with these people, they need to know that
> need to work on their insulting statement.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Cheryl Homiak" <chomiak at>
> To: "speakup" <speakup at>
> Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 11:46 PM
> Subject: online banking with Bank of America: not quite accessible enough
> Here's what I just got when I tried to sign in to online banking. it's a
> little puzzling because I am using ssl, and I though that met the
> encryption requirements.
> This was with lynx the cat. with links the chain it was even worse; I
> never even
> got to try to log in because where it said to sign in after I put in my id
> and passcode, links the chain had no link (pun intended).
> Am I missing something on the site or has anybody using online banking
> been doing it with Windows? Ironically, the application process is
> accessible. It really won't ruin banking for me at Bank of america, as I
> can use the phone and I'm getting my braille statements etc., but it is
> disappointing.
> What I got at attempt to log in with lynx the cat:
>    Bank of America Higher Standards Online Banking
>    Unsupported Browser
>    To provide maximum security and protection, Bank of America requires
>    that you use a browser that supports 128-bit encryption.
>    We have determined that you are using lynx Version 2.8.5dev.16.
>    In order to use Online Banking, you will need to use or download
>    another browser.
>    You can download a new browser for free from either the Netscape or
>    Microsoft. For your convenience click on the appropriate link below to
>    download a web browser. Once you have installed the new browser you'll
>    be ready to use Online Banking.
>    Please note: Bank of America does not recommend the use of beta or
>    test browsers with Online Banking.
> Cheryl
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