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RE: guideline 7.1 about screen flickering (fwd)

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 07:13:10 -0400
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To: <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <charles@w3.org>, "'WAI GL'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

         I agree that this image seems quite usable, and should not trigger 
any guidelines. The movement is well within the "safe" limits.  It is no 
more (or less) annoying than other gif's used on the web. The movement 
stopped when I used the Stop button in IE.

         It would be tragic if the guidelines were invoked so as to prevent 
use of movement and/or creative arts on the web.  Let not forget that at 
present, there have been no actual photo-epileptic seizures caused by 
anything transmitted on a computer screen - only on a TV screen. How much 
can we disturb the normal development of the web with a possibility?


At 12:30 AM 7/25/01 -0500, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:
>The guideline doesn't bar movement between 5 and 50 hZ.  It only bars
>flicker.   This image doesn't flicker on my screen. Does it on anyone
>It is annoying -- and distracting -- but it doesn't trigger the epilepsy
>guideline unless if flashes.
>Don't know about distraction - that is another guideline
>  -  (doesn't stop when I  turn of images)
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>From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
>Behalf Of Charles McCathieNevile
>Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 1:38 PM
>Subject: RE: guideline 7.1 about screen flickering (fwd)
>I don't think that this image is OK, unless the group feels that the
>user agents" part of the checkpoint means it is no onger applicable. It
>at something between 5 and 25 Hz in my viewer, and may preset problems
>concentration or photosensitive epilepsy.
>I think that most browsers now allow people to stop the animation, but I
>not think I am in a position to decide that for the group. Could we
>add it to the agenda as a matter of some urgency.
>Charles McCN
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>Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 11:33:13 -0400
>From: "Fitzgerald, Jimmie" <Jimmie.Fitzgerald@jbosc.ksc.nasa.gov>
>To: 'Terrie King' <tking@ucp.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Subject: RE: guideline 7.1 about screen flickering
>Resent-Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2001 11:37:35 -0400 (EDT)
>Resent-From: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Looks fine to me.  It isn't flickering at all.  What 'they' call screen
>flicker is more in the lines of image changeouts and color changing.
>really need to change their wording to 'element flicker' or something.
>calling it screen flicker, I think monitor refresh rates.  And that is
>something we as developers cannot control.
>Your .gif is good to go.
>Jim Fitzgerald
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Terrie King [mailto:tking@ucp.org]
>Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2001 10:45 AM
>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Subject: guideline 7.1 about screen flickering
>Okay, experts!  I have been asked to put another agency's animated gif
>on my
>Web site.  I am hesitant to  use it because of guideline 7.1--"Until
>agents allow users to control flickering, avoid causing the screen to
>flicker."  Here's the link to the checklist item:
>How can I determine if the gif in question is within the guidelines?
>attached)  If it is not, I guess I can ask for a non-animated gif.
>Terrie L. King
>Internet Marketing Manager
>UCP National
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Anne Pemberton

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