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font size toggle issues

From: Justin Thorp <justin@mycapitalweb.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 20:10:54 -0500
Message-Id: <845dddcc119e203426c3954d2090e0f0@mycapitalweb.com>
To: public-wai-eo-site@w3.org

We had talked about the possibility of having a font size toggle on the 
WAI web site.  Does having a font toggle set a precedent that you need 
to have one in order to make your site accessible?

I have seen font size toggles done different ways.

Wired.com's approach is definitely one of them. 
(http://www.wired.com/).  Wired.com only gives the user three options 
for font sizes.  What if a user wants to have their font bigger or 
smaller then the three options that it has to offer?

Another approach is to give a set of different style sheets that the 
user can switch from.  You could probably setup different style sheets 
that would taylor to different disabilities.  I would think that 
disabilities are so unique and because people could have multiple 
disabilities, that it would be hard to nail down a certain set of 
styles.  Here are some examples:
http://www.alistapart.com/d/bodyswitchers/iotbs.html
http://www.websemantics.co.uk/accessibility/#switchstyles

I would suggest having a control where you can make the font size 
bigger or smaller.  Another idea would be to have a pull down menu with 
ten or fifteen sizes in it.  I would think we want to give the user the 
widest amount of possibilities because needs different so greatly.

I am going to see if I can put together an example over the weekend.

Sincerely,
Justin Thorp

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