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RE: Okay, is this better?

From: Mike Paciello <paciello@yuri.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 18:18:57 -0500
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To: Liam Quinn <liam@htmlhelp.com>, "w3c-wai-gl@w3.org" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
True, but most of this is contextual in nature. It's really difficult make
a hard and fast statement. Technical writing often finds itself in similar
situations when describing graphical entities in text books (or at least I
did when I was writing). It's why I've always recommended that a web site
be designed by a team consisiting minimally of: tech writer, graphic
artist/designer, engineer, usability engineer and marketing.


At 06:00 PM 3/27/98 -0500, Liam Quinn wrote:
>At 04:09 PM 27/03/98 -0500, Mike Paciello wrote:
>>I would second Gregg's suggestion. Functional descriptions are much more
>>critical to both the navigational and cognitive needs of the user. If,
>>however the color of the line somehow implied meaning -- like a street
>>signal -- then including the color would be important.
>Providing the meaning rather than the visual indication of that meaning
>would be better, in my opinion.  For example, if a site uses images of
>orange dividing lines before warnings and green dividing lines before
>notes, then ALT="Warning:" and ALT="Note:" would be better than ALT="Orange
>Divider Line" and ALT="Green Divider Line".
>Liam Quinn
>Web Design Group            Enhanced Designs, Web Site Development
>http://www.htmlhelp.com/    http://enhanced-designs.com/
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