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[#828] Definition of foreground and background

From: Michael Cooper <michaelc@watchfire.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 13:58:07 -0400
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To: "WAI GL (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

The techniques working group was looking at Guideline 1.4 [1] and trying to
figure out what HTML techniques we would create. We weren't sure that the
definition of "foreground" and "background" was clear enough for us to write
techniques to. Is foreground text and background everything else? Can an
image
be foreground or background, and if so what's the rule for determining when
it's
which? What if there is text in a background image? We need a definition for
these terms in the guidelines.

A starting proposal:

Foreground: primary content intended for the user.

Background: decorative or ancillary visual elements that is co-presented
with
foreground content, with the background generally appearing "behind" the
foreground, but not itself part of the semantic content of the page.

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/WD-WCAG20-20040602.html#visual-contrast

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