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RE: Action 19: discouraging image replacement

From: Cynthia Shelly <cyns@exchange.microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2009 19:05:45 +0000
To: Ben Caldwell <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
CC: List WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <F8D41EF9671C524696D1930053C122910137E7A1@DF-M14-05.exchange.corp.microsoft.com>
But, the whole point of 1.4.9 is that the default presentation uses real text, so it resizes without users having to do a bunch of extra work.  It's level 3.  Why not require the actual goal?

-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Caldwell [mailto:caldwell@trace.wisc.edu]
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2009 7:17 AM
To: Cynthia Shelly
Cc: List WAI GL
Subject: Re: Action 19: discouraging image replacement

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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