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[#1066] Relative size in HTML

From: Michael Cooper <michaelc@watchfire.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 15:36:21 -0400
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To: "WAI GL \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

The following is a proposal for HTML techniques. I will implement the proposal in a draft unless there is objection from the group. There will still be room for debate of the proposal in the context of the next draft.

The issue of relative size (or scalable content) isn't dealt with yet in WCAG 2.0. In part it seems the belief is this should be a user agent issue, not an authoring issue. However, in reality it is currently also an authoring issue. Anyway Web Content guidelines should specify that content should be scalable regardless of whose responsibility it is to fulfill the guideline.

Therefore I propose we create an HTML technique for relative instead of absolute size. This will be for situations when authors choose to use deprecated HTML size attributes instead of using CSS. Issue 1012 deals with CSS size, and the questions raised there also affect this issue. In particular, there is no home in the guidelines for this technique. Nevertheless the technique should exist in the next draft as a hook for discussion.

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