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Stipulating fonts or not to stipulate.

From: Paul Davis <paul@ten-20.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 10:52:33 -0000
To: "W3c-Wai-Ig@W3. Org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c16067$d0026380$0200a8c0@paul2>
Hi All,

Confession time. I may be going over old ground here but please exercise
some patience for a pooh bear.

I have accepted that many people do not like separate pages for text
readers.........................fine. I am aware of the arguments and can
see the logic in them, whilst I feel that this does restrict the artist in
me, it is prepared to be restricted. (Commercial hat on here)

But I do have a problem with fonts, there was, a little while back a thread
on fonts and I have spent the week-end re-reading the emails. However the
more I look at pages where no font is stipulated the less I like 'em.

Frankly I think they look awful. In fact I would go further and say I hate

Is there an accessibility reason that <FONT face="geneva, arial, helvetica,
sans serif"> should not be used? or to put it another way is there any
software, text reader or browser that has a problem with this? I can see no
reason why they should have a problem, but then I am a self taught hack, not
a highly trained expert. The main justification I can think off for not
stipulating fonts is the partially sighted who hate using software to assist
in reading pages, is there another or more important reason please? If I
make the decision to force these people to either use their software or
leave the site would this then be construed as rendering the site

Is this then not an argument for a separate page to help out if, when and
where difficulties arise?

As this is close to a subject that was done too death a few weeks back it
may be better to reply off list!!!!

Paul Davis
Received on Monday, 29 October 2001 05:48:49 UTC

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