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RE: Web accessibility and px Re: web accessibility: reports from Québec and Belgium

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 07:02:46 -0800
Message-ID: <53744A0A1D995C459E975F971E17F56402E4DD42@namail4.corp.adobe.com>
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <chaals@opera.com>, "David Woolley" <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> > I have several times seen this used as excuse for using 
> pixels. I've 
> > also seen the zoom facility (which introduces scrolling 
> problems) as 
> > excuse for allowing pixels (and that from one of the major W3C list 
> > contributors).
> Zoom doesn't necessarily introduce problems. I still don't 
> think it is a good reason to use px measures for things like 
> font size...

This is one of the places where it would have been better for the guidelines to say what the actual requirement is rather than specifying a technical solution that doesn't fit all user agents equally.  If the issue is horizontal scrolling, then the guidelines should talk about increasing font sizes and about not causing horizontal scrolling.

I'm not sure that I agree that the zoom feature shouldn't be an acceptable solution (maybe I've said this before and David is talking about me, as a W3C member).  I will agree that having horizontal scrolling isn't ideal, but this is the situation for screen magnifer users also - it isn't ideal but it is functional.

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