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Re: background-image in CSS

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 20:29:51 -0800
Message-ID: <3C48F63F.70807@munat.com>
To: WAI List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Ever noticed how some magazines will have a little blurb inside entitled 
"On the Cover" or something like that? Usually it is just a note about 
who designed the cover, but often it supplies more information.

Why not have a "In the Background" description on a web page with an 
informative background? It could be included right on the page, or 
linked to.

For the wheelchair background image it might say:

In the Background:

The wheelchair symbol in the background of this page represents...

etc.

Would this help?

Charles F. Munat
Seattle, Washington



Access Systems wrote:

> On Fri, 18 Jan 2002, Joel Ward wrote:
> 
> 
>>How would you suggest we make the background content available to all users?
>>
> 
> tough one. and it would have to vary by use
> 
>>Would a longdesc-like description be useful?  (I know longdesc doesn't work
>>with background images, but we could add footer text or a link somewhere on
>>the page that describes the background.)
>>
> 
> this would work, using the wheelchair example posted earlier.  [background
> image of well dressed middle aged man in wheelchair facing forward]  or
> same type image  [young woman in sports outfit using racing wheelchair
> popping a wheelie while going off curb] or how about [nurse pushing
> elderly man in wheelchair down hall of nursing home]
> 
> some basic background (wheelchair) but could have very different meanings
> 
> 
>>And are you saying we always need to describe background images, even if
>>they are just patterns?  Or just for background images with pictures or
>>meaningful drawings?
>>
> 
> maybe an introduction with background information
> eg
> administration is red 
> finance is blue
> personel is green etc
> 
> Bob
> 
> 
> 
>>Joel
>>
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Access Systems" <accessys@smart.net>
>>To: "Ineke van der Maat" <inekemaa@xs4all.nl>
>>Cc: "Harry Woodrow" <harrry@email.com>; <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>>Sent: Friday, January 18, 2002 9:26 AM
>>Subject: Re: background-image in CSS
>>
>>
>>
>>>On Fri, 18 Jan 2002, Ineke van der Maat wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Hello Harry,
>>>>
>>>>Look at my poemsite http://home.zonnet.nl/ineke.maat
>>>>
>>>>I use for the whole site a  very special background-image  (it is part
>>>>
>>of a tree-image)  only for getting an effect. The real
>>
>>>>background of that page  is white and the background-image has nothing
>>>>
>>to do with  the content of that  page....or am I wrong?????
>>
>>>don't people with screen readers have a right to the "effect" you think is
>>>usefull for some people but not others.   Why the difference?  Do you
>>>think that visually impaired folks cannot get an "effect" or that they
>>>don't deserve that "effect"??????
>>>
>>>
>>>>I don't see what you see
>>>>
>>>nor can you hear what I see
>>>
>>>
>>>>but you are also not me.
>>>>So when you see the same as me
>>>>are you still you or are you  me?
>>>>
>>>Bob
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>Greetings
>>>>Ineke
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>>From: "Harry Woodrow" <harrry@email.com>
>>>>To: "Ineke van der Maat" <inekemaa@xs4all.nl>; "Kynn Bartlett"
>>>>
>><kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>; <jason@bartsite.com>; <jon@spinsol.com>;
>>
>>>><w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>>>>Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 6:06 PM
>>>>Subject: RE: background-image in CSS
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>You said used to get an effect....isn't the effect then content?
>>>>>
>>>>>Harry WOodrow
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
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