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[Bug 8755] New: Automatic reduction of text-size is unnecessary

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Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 15:55:53 +0000
To: public-html-a11y@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-8755-3290@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8755

           Summary: Automatic reduction of text-size is unnecessary
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
               URL: http://www.w3.org/TR/html5/the-xhtml-syntax.html#fonts-
                    and-colors
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: a11y
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: gez.lemon@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org, public-
                    html-a11y@w3.org


Users with low vision adjust font sizes to the minimum size needed for
comfortable reading. Many users with low vision do not use assistive
technology, but rather adjust to the largest font size supported by the user
agent.  Reducing the size of the font - particularly a text-dense element like
"article" - increases the imbalance between font sizes in other parts of the
page (e.g. the user would be forced to increase font size for the article text
to the point where the font size in the non-nested parts of the page are
enlarged so much as to overflow their containers. Automatic reduction of the
size is unnecessary and will decrease access for users with low vision.

Proposal: Remove the section. Nested elements should not have the containing
text size reduced automatically.  The author can choose to reduce the size of
nested text through CSS, but it should not happen to font sizes automatically.


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