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Re: mouse target size

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 04:39:56 -0700
Message-Id: <a04320400b59359880dd1@[10.0.1.2]>
To: <tobias@inclusive.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, <sec508@trace.wisc.edu>, "Uaccess-L@Trace. Wisc. Edu" <uaccess-l@trace.wisc.edu>
At 7:20 AM -0400 7/13/00, Jim Tobias wrote:
>Hi All (and sorry for cross-posting),
>
>Are any of the WAI Content Guidelines aimed at establishing a minimum
>target size and separation?  I've looked and can't find such.  If
>there are none, it seems that the assumption is that people will
>be using the keyboard instead of the mouse.  I'm pretty sure that
>there are lots of people for whom mouse use is better than keyboard,
>especially on portal-type pages with a hundred links.  Am I missing
>something?  (BTW, the 508 NPRM is silent here as well.)

I don't believe there are any currently.

These kinds of concerns -- which can't be handled adequately with
a -single- user experience -- are why Edapta is working on our
adaptive user interfaces that morph the site to fit the user's
needs and preferences.

In a world where you have to balance not only single disabilities
but often multiple disabilities -- as well as allowing for author
creativity over their main design which is used by 92% or more of
the audience -- it's nearly impossible to meet such needs within
a single rendition, no matter how well it degrades.  Our approach
is to alter the layout, interface components, and the very look
of the site dynamically when necessary.  Single source -- multiple
renditions.

An approach like this makes it easy for us to add increased target
size and greater separation for people who need -- or prefer! --
mouse-based interfaces that are more granular.

Sorry if this sounds too much like a plug -- I just feel that asking
for guidelines on target size and separation is an undue burden for
most people; at least, until they all have the kind of technology
that's kept me up late tonight (it's 4:30 as I write this). :)  Fun,
exciting stuff. :)

--Kynn, shilling for edapta
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Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
http://www.kynn.com/
Received on Thursday, 13 July 2000 07:41:05 GMT

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