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Re: Browser and Technology Support [Was: Re: [w3c-wai-gl] <none>]

From: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 00:06:08 +0100
Message-ID: <003e01c146df$fadca4e0$e23c70c2@7020CT>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Anne Pemberton" <apembert@erols.com>

> Thanks, Matt for saying it so succinctly. I've been following this
thread
> carefully, and wondered when someone was going to come to this
conclusion
> that scripts are "good for" folks with cognitive and other disabilities.
> <grin> ....

I considered it such a "given", that it didn't need mentioning,  I still
see no reason why it should be required.

> Last weekend I downloaded a piece of software that builds Javascript for
> instructional applications such as matching exercises, crossword puzzle,
> and several read and answer styles.

Which is an example of some poor scripting techniques (Browser detection
being the most obvious, have you looked what happens in Opera or Konquerer
for example?)

> I need to get the characters to 14 point before Mom can see
> them, larger is better

A stylesheet added to the two lines which say:
OutString += '<html>';
so that they say <
OutString +='<html><link href="style.css" type="text/css"
rel="StyleSheet">'

then you just have the style.css which says something like
body { font-size:14pt;}
Of course not using fixed sized fonts but setting up your Mum's software
so it uses large fonts would make more sense, a user stylesheet here would
make most sense.

>  From what I've seen following the examples in the discussion,
Javascript
> has a great capacity for making the web more "user friendly" ... but the
> problem seems to be in some assistive hardware that isn't able to handle
> it.

Most of the problem is with the authoring, not least due to the way the
developments have gone, most of the assistive technology problems can be
overcome, (especially as they tend to be on IE, so as a last resort we can
just modify IE itself to cope better with the script.)  Because though
that there have been such huge changes between versions the same "page" or
code doesn't work with all the browsers so users are either forced to
decide to use inaccessible means to achieve user agent support or do only
support a subset of browsers.

Jim.
Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2001 19:06:26 GMT

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