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Re: Success criteria 1.4.4

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:15:29 -0400
Message-ID: <4E4FC181.8000206@earthlink.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On 2011/08/18 07:55 (GMT-0700) Thierry Koblentz composed:
[and identically again]
On 2011/08/19 09:49 (GMT-0700) Thierry Koblentz composed:
[but no one as yet has responded]

>>  Why should users have to zoom? Don't you think it rude to require users
>>  to do something other than land on a page for it to be usable?

> Imho, the main problem with "zoom" is that it forces users to scroll
> (horizontally) which makes content very difficult to read.

1-You think forcing them to squint, lean too close to the screen, hunt for a 
magnifying glass or other ways to cope with reduced contrast and/or 
sub-default text is somehow less of a problem?

Better to not design offensively so as to not induce need to apply defensive 
measures. Don't reduce main body text below 100% of browser default; don't 
reduce contrast by using gray text; and don't constrain content by applying 
arbitrary (px-sized or pt-sized) container widths, and few visitors will need 
to zoom.

2-Just how often do you think appearance of a horizontal scrollbar actually 
occurs since widescreen displays all but eliminated 4:3 displays from the 
marketplace years ago?

Typically web pages that induce need to zoom have content that is flanked by 
one or more (secondary content) columns that can stand alone, leaving a 
content column whose width remains fully visible horizontally and easiER to 
read after zooming. This typically relegates difficulty caused by a 
horizontal scrollbar to finding a link in an adjacent column so as to leave 
the page in a forward direction.

3-Have you actually tried zooming lately to see what actually happens when 
zoom is used in a modern browser version?

Modern browsers are more sophisticated than to always force a horizontal 
scrollbar when zoom is used. Most browsers by design try to fit content to 
the viewport. Most of the time they do a good job of it. When they are unable 
to it is usually a wide table, long URL, or a constraint of page styles that 
prevents it, all of which are characteristics under control of the site.
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