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RE: font size toggle issues

From: <carol.j.smith@accenture.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 08:57:44 -0600
Message-ID: <9C4633A6FD5860429B08B46C9A9AC449F43507@AMRXM1108.dir.svc.accenture.com>
To: <public-wai-eo-site@w3.org>

Nice work Justin.

If we use the toggle, I suggest we show the user which is active
currently - I'm not sure what would work best to do this.  I usually
assume that the middle position is active, but in this example the
smallest size is active since we are starting with a smaller font.

I agree about the cookie being helpful to the user so they do not need
to reset their settings with each visit.

Carol

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:public-wai-eo-site-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Justin Thorp
Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 6:30 PM
To: public-wai-eo-site@w3.org
Subject: Re: font size toggle issues


I put together a very rough prototype of the font toggle and the style 
switcher.

http://www.msu.edu/~thorpjus/w3cwai/fontsize/a/
The font toggle is in the upper right corner of the page, in the gray 
bar.  I have put in 3 font size choices.

http://www.msu.edu/~thorpjus/w3cwai/fontsize/b/
The style switcher is in the left column below the search box.

These are very rough and are just to show some of the different 
approaches we can take.  We would need some type of cookie to store the 
person's font or style sheet preferences.   When a user comes back to 
the page I would think we want it to look the same way it did when they 
left the site.

Sincerely,
-justin


On Feb 18, 2005, at 10:17 PM, Shawn Henry wrote:

> 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
>> -- 
>> Justin Thorp
>> Principal; Web Developer & Accessibility Specialist
>> MyCapitalWeb.com LLC
>> 3016 S. Deerfield
>> Lansing, MI 48911
>> justin@mycapitalweb.com
>> my blog - http://thinkthentype.blogspot.com
>
>
Justin Thorp
Principal; Web Developer & Accessibility Specialist
MyCapitalWeb.com LLC
3016 S. Deerfield
Lansing, MI 48911
justin@mycapitalweb.com
my blog - http://thinkthentype.blogspot.com
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