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Re: Action 19: discouraging image replacement

From: Ben Caldwell <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2009 09:17:09 -0500
Message-ID: <49D61A65.5070407@trace.wisc.edu>
To: Cynthia Shelly <cyns@exchange.microsoft.com>
CC: List WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Thanks Cynthia.

No objections to adding the proposed text.

I don't think we have a technique yet that actually describes dynamically 
customizing images of text and would agree that such a technique would only be 
sufficient for 1.4.5.

However, since C30 requires that a UI control be present that allows users to 
obtain a version that does not include the images of text, I don't think 
dropping it as a sufficient technique for 1.4.9 is necessary.


Cynthia Shelly wrote:
> I had an action item [1] to discourage the use of image replacement, and 
> encourage the use of real text.
> Add to C30, at the end of the description:
> Please note that it is a better practice to use real text, which the 
> user agent can resize and re-color, rather than images of text.  While 
> this technique does meet the success criterion, it will be less usable 
> for some users than providing real text.
> While looking at this, I also noticed that C30 is about allowing users 
> to customize the image of text.  Since customization is an exception in 
> 1.4.5 that is not in 1.4.9, I think that C30 should not be sufficient 
> for 1.4.9.  What do others think of this?
> Thanks,
> Cynthia
> [1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/Group/track/actions/19

Ben Caldwell | <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Trace Research and Development Center <http://trace.wisc.edu>
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