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Re: screen magnifiers and fragmented text

From: Ian Francis <ian@yesmate.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 11:34:39 -0000
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Hi
As you say, it's the screenreader rather than magnifier that has the 
problems. I found this happening when testing out the website for a 
college I worked at once. It seemed that the culprit was dreamweaver - 
pages created in other editors didn't seem to get that effect - but 
couldn't really figure out why it was happening. 
Ian Francis


On 7 Mar 2002 at 12:31, Michelle Podd wrote:

> Anyone ever have text "fragment" when using a screen magnifier? Any ideas
> why that would happen?
> 
> At www.accessdome.com/preview I'm using Verdana as a main body font. The
> size is expressed in em's. I'm getting a feedback from a lady using
> Zoomtext Extra Level 2 on a new PC through IE6. She tells me that the
> software acts as a screen magnifier and a screen reader. On the
> magnification side, she says that the headings (which are Georgia font)
> enlarge just fine while some (but not all) of the body text fragments and
> is hard to read when magnified. I asked her to look at the National
> Organization on Disability site
> 
> http://www.nod.org/cont/dsp_cont_loc_hme.cfm?locationId=12&locationNm=Home
> ) which I'm told is highly accessible. Her feedback was that the regular
> text enlarged properly but any link text was fragmented.
> 
> My only guess is regarding the use of styles - the inheritance rule.
> Netscape 4.x has inheritance issues (among many many many other problems
> but I won't go there). I've got a separate style sheet for Netscape
> however in places where it doesn't listen to the font-size, I add a class
> to force it. For example, I have a style applied to <p> and <td>. In my
> web page, I have a table. IE 5.x renders the font just fine but in
> Netscape, it ignored the size (it displayed the proper font-family however
> so go figure). So I add class="table" (which contain the same properties
> as my regular body font) to the table tag then most times, the font size
> displays properly in both IE5.x and Netscapte 4.x.  Here's part of my
> netscape style sheet. The one for "everyone else" is exactly the same,
> only the values are different.
> 
> p, body
> {
> font-family: verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;
> font-size: .8em;
> color: #333333;
> }
> 
> p
> {line-height: 1.1em;}
> 
> .table
> {
> font-size: .8em;
> line-height: 1.1em;
> }
> 
> td
> {
> font-family: verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;
> font-size: .8em;
> color: #333333;
> }
> 
> So, do you think the fragmentation occurs because of a style being applied
> twice?
> 
> Any assistance is appreciated,
> Michelle Podd
> Web Designer
> 
> 
Received on Friday, 8 March 2002 06:30:09 GMT

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