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RE: Using em or percent for properties that need to change

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 16:38:08 +0100
Message-ID: <3A1D23A330416E4FADC5B6C08CC252B90113BB66@misnts16.mis.salford.ac.uk>
To: "W" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Well, Tina's short and sweet sentence pretty much summed it up.
Additionally, I'd posit that comprehension decreases when line
length is dramatically sub-optimal (overly long lines of small text,
or a large number of very short lines with only one word or less per
line). This would, I'd imagine (and yes, this is conjecture, I have
no direct link to research at hand), be even more problematic for
visitors with cognitive disabilities?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Budd [mailto:andy@message.uk.com]
> Sent: 17 August 2004 16:25
> To: W
> Subject: Re: Using em or percent for properties that need to change
> Patrick Lauke wrote:
> > I'd say no. Optimal width of, say, a column of text should really 
> > relate
> > to the size of the font used, in my opinion. Hence, it would ideally
> > be defined in ems or ens...so elastic or semi elastic layouts.
> > Again, potentially a good idea for sites to define more than one 
> > stylesheet:
> > an elastic or semi elastic one, and a fixed width one...
> But is that an accessibility issue, a usability issue, or a personal 
> preference?
> Andy Budd
> http://www.message.uk.com/
Received on Tuesday, 17 August 2004 15:39:43 UTC

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