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Folder tab interface with real text

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 17:05:42 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
The WAI guidelines, for good reason, require real HTML text rather than 
images of text.  One place where images are often used is the popular 
"folder tab" user interface, where each folder tab is an image... or the 
set of folder tabs as a whole is an image.  The textual labels are part of 
the image, in violation of the guidelines.

There's a way around that problem: you can use blank graphical tabs and use 
CSS to overlay text on top of them.  There's an example and discussion of 
this at http://astro.temple.edu/~kasday/wai/tabs/
Note that with method you control the background image as well as the 
colors, fonts, etc. by means of style sheets so you can give a choice of 
images along with color schemes and font changes.

Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP and Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Temple 
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Received on Thursday, 12 October 2000 17:03:29 UTC

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