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Re: Colors and the WCAG

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 10:18:39 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200210200918.g9K9Idi00366@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> ..which is virtually impossible for a layperson to estimate. Quickie
> question to the WAI: What exactly do other people see?

People who do not understand colour contrasts should not be selling
themselves as designers in visual mediums.  This is not something
specific to the electronic media; all they do is add the possibility of 
monochrome renderings and (but colour combinations that render badly
in monochrome are usually difficult to read in colour as well) and
disagreement on default colours - any tendency for tools to set 
background to white, is probaby an attempt to make Netscape behave 
like Internet Explorer, for people who don't change the colours 

(Whilst designers normally know the colour of the paper they use,
logo designers cannot always rely on this, even though the design
concept may try to mandate a particular colour.)

Failing to fully specify colours (even allowing for the cascade) is
really quite common.  It's especially common where people mix legacy
and CSS methods.
Received on Sunday, 20 October 2002 12:43:07 UTC

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