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Colors and the WCAG

From: C. Bottelier <c.bottelier@iradis.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 11:21:32 +0200
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I far as I could find the WCAG 1.0 does mention that used
colors should be contrasting enough (priority 2for images,
and 3 for images), and that information should not be
provided in color only (priority 1).

On the Internet I see a lot of pages, and the tools like
FrontPage and DreamWeaver tend to do it, is to specify
the bgcolor as white but not any of the other colors. Should
the WCAG not mention (priority 1 of 2 perhaps) that when
specifying the color of 1 element, all the other colors
_MUST_ be specified also. And that if _ALL_ the colors
specified are the default colors their MAY not be specified
at all (priority 3)?

These points are also applicable to the Web Authoring Tool
Guidelines. Since the current and past tools tend to force
on some but not all elements, some and not all of the default
colors, without explicit doiung so by the user of the tool,
but more as a 'if you specify the title, I also set the
background color to white' kind of approach.

Regards Christian
Received on Saturday, 19 October 2002 05:14:17 UTC

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