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Re: font size toggle issues

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 21:17:04 -0600
Message-ID: <4216AFB0.3040504@w3.org>
To: Justin Thorp <justin@mycapitalweb.com>
Cc: public-wai-eo-site@w3.org

Justin,

Thanks for initial comments! Also interested in any implementation issues (e.g., solution requires cookies) as well as critiques (e.g., on mailing lists).

Also, I'm thinking we might want a combination of options, e.g., in that top bar a 3 size font toggle and keep the link that goes to a page that teachs how to change in your own browser, as well as possibly different style sheets to pick from.

Hope you have a great weekend!

~ Shawn


Justin Thorp wrote:
> 
> 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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> Justin Thorp
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> MyCapitalWeb.com LLC
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