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From: Nick Dyer <ndyer@webone.com.au>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 05:08:22 +1000
Message-ID: <3DB6F3A6.60608@webone.com.au>
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
CC: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>



Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:

>
> As many of you will know, it is possible to get the wrong end of the 
> stick.
>
> The idea of not just using colour to convey information has some 
> validity, as does that of separating content from presentation.
>
> However, using DHTML, eg CSS, (x)html and client-side javascript, it 
> does not currently seem to have been imagined that authors or users 
> might wish to colour areas which are 'content free'*. This has been 
> known as 'white space' but  also might usefully represent such 
> concepts as distance, or location.
>
> given that for many of my visitors, this may be (one of) their primary 
> means of expression, this is sadly negligent.
>
> www-style has been asked for a method, but there seems to be 
> agreement** that CSS was not designed to do this.
> Does anyone have useful comments on this issue?
>
> jonathan
>
> I'm currently working on a (dhtml) 'feedback' project to let our users 
> draw images to describe their interests, these will then be mailed, 
> with a single click. http://www.peepo.com/alfy/feedback.html is a 
> partially succesful demo.
>
> *ie without using an img src, or text.
>
> ** workarounds are along the following lines, this seems exceptionally 
> unpredictable.
>
> <html><head>
> <style type="text/css">
>  .white{
>    padding : 4em 3em;
>    background-color: #ffffff;
>  }
>  .purple {
>    padding : 4em 3em;
>    background-color: #990099;
>  }
> </style></head>
> <body bgcolor="#cccccc">
>
> <p><span title="white area" class="white"></span>
> <span title="Purple area" class="purple"></span></p>
>
> </body></html>
>
>
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