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Re: Specifying foreground and background colors

From: Alan J. Flavell <flavell@a5.ph.gla.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 15:19:53 +0100 (BST)
To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
cc: WAI Guidelines List <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.21-pb.0006141506330.27738-100000@a5.ph.gla.ac.uk>
On Tue, 13 Jun 2000, Al Gilman wrote:

> If both foreground and background colors are set any time either one is
> set, you are guaranteed that the contrast will be the contrast between the
> pair desired by _someone_, not the random contrast between one color set by
> someone and another color set by someone else.

Absolutely. 

> Designers would mostly cringe at the thought of colors they picked being
> randomly displayed in contrast against some other color picked artistically
> but totally independently by somebody _else_.  So you wouldn't have trouble
> selling this rule as a good design rule. 

That seems to me a very effective way of expressing it!

> Aha!  I guess that I have mostly thought of the WCAG as providing rules for
> the author.  

Indeed, but some authors (of stylesheets) could specialise in
supplying user stylesheets that were optimised for a particular class
of user (e.g to impose high visual contrast etc.).

Whichever side you look at it from, this advice seems to be relevant
to authoring.

best regards
Received on Wednesday, 14 June 2000 10:19:58 GMT

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