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Re: font size toggle issues

From: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 12:10:03 -0800
Message-ID: <421A401B.1070007@csulb.edu>
To: Justin Thorp <justin@mycapitalweb.com>
CC: public-wai-eo-site@w3.org

To the Website Team,

I really appreciate the work Justin and the rest of you have on the 
enlargement of text, but I'm not sure it is the right approach.  To me 
adding large print buttons is like providing a text only option.  It 
leads to the comfortable assumption that a developer is done with a 
given population.

This worries me because developers will look to the WAI as a model to 
emulate.  This may give developers the false impression that they need 
to build local assistive technologies into their pages.  Few web 
developers have the skills or time to do that well.  So they may be 
tempted to skip accessibility.

We need to communicate that the way to achieve accessibility is to 
follow the guidelines -accessibility and technical.    Web developers 
just need to facilitate assistive technology by producing good web 
content.  I think that is the example we need to project.

Don't worry. Lazy users with low vision won't find our site.  You have 
to enlarge Google first.

You all are doing great work on this site.  It is nice to look at; the 
navigation is getting better and better.  It behaves much better than 
other sites even when I apply my magic enlargement potions.  Keep it up.

Received on Monday, 21 February 2005 20:15:40 UTC

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