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Re: W3 still a leader in inconsistency and hypocrisy

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:40:17 -0500
Message-ID: <4D3D9D61.4010006@earthlink.net>
To: site-comments@w3.org
On 2011/01/20 08:19 (GMT-0600) Ian Jacobs composed:

> Felix Miata wrote:

>>  As the main site's CSS has recently changed, revisiting the issues
>>  raised in http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/site-comments/2009Nov/0048.html
>>   and its progeny now seems appropriate.

> Regarding the QA tip on setting a default font size: I have not
> received feedback from many users that the site is unusable with the
> current settings. I am merely reporting that fact, not concluding
> anything from it.

I wouldn't expect you to have gotten _any_ feedback that the page is 
UNusable. It's certainly better than the vast majority of web pages in that 
its base font size is reduced from user defaults much less than average.

> The QA tip articulates the principle (respect user prefs) and the
> practical consideration. I am sorry that you think I am being
> hypocritical in trying to document the situation as I understand it.

> If you have suggestions for improving the tip so that people
> understand the story fully, I can certainly try to improve the page.

To put it simply, the page says:

1-we recommend (100%)
2-we do something other than what we recommend (because we don't want to be 
too different from most others; 108% of .82em = 88.56%)

If it was presented by some ordinary insignificant Joe Blow, it could be 
shrugged off. But, W3 is an authoritative standards body, writing about a 
subject under the umbrella of its reason for existence. What's there now is 
hypocritical, not a good position for a standards body to be in. The only 
things I can recommend:

1:Superior choice (be a best practices leader, set a good example):
A-do as you recommend
B-revert the page's content to its previous version
2:Inferior choice (be a follower):
A-retract the whole page
"How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose
understanding rather than silver." Proverbs 16:16 NKJV

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