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Re: text as images...

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 15:59:40 -0800
Message-Id: <a05101003b8862173242c@[]>
To: "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
At 3:42 PM -0800 2/5/02, Charles F. Munat wrote:
>>If you
>>use CSS to organise that layout of navigation, followed by text etc.
>>then once you've turned off CSS then these elements (in some browsers)
>>are laid out one after another, and the whole look and feel of the site
>>it lost.
>It is not lost, it is different. That's not necessarily a bad thing. 
>Some people prefer a linear order. The question is, Is your linear 
>"Lynx" layout a poor step-sister of your fancy "IE" layout, or do 
>you put the effort into making your site look good on both?

Actually, let's not assume that "order in Lynx" and "order with
style sheets turned off in a graphical browser" are going to be
the same, nor that either of them will equate to "order which is best
for a screenreader."

The idea of PROPER linearization of content for different media types
is not yet a solved problem. It's not easy; on the contrary, it's quite

I don't really expect that someone should feel an obligation to spend
as much effort on presentation in Lynx as they do on the presentation
in IE.  That seems a weird request.

I do agree that structure-first is a relatively decent way to design
a site, but it makes more sense to design structure and presentation as
different sides of the same coin, and then use something like XSLT or
server-side includes or other server techniques to combine them together
rather than insisting that one has to flow from the other.


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