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Re: font size toggle issues

From: Michael Lenz <mlenz@cisco.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 23:33:02 -0800
Message-Id: <f1ea077ebe5f15dffd476ab8a58fb4c8@cisco.com>
Cc: Justin Thorp <justin@mycapitalweb.com>, public-wai-eo-site@w3.org
To: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>

The value I see here is if we were to used fixed (px) based CSS as 
default, then the toggle has pretty good value. But it looks like that 
isn't going to happen, hence it really isn't needed, and as Wayne 
pointed out, could cause a bit of confusion on the developers side of 
the house.


On Feb 21, 2005, at 12:10 PM, Wayne Dick wrote:

> 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.
> Wayne
Received on Tuesday, 22 February 2005 07:39:21 UTC

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