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RE: responsive design and breakpoints and layout changes

From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@levelaccess.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2018 22:52:14 +0000
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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> preference".

One person's preference might be another person's barrier to access.  But at some point both approaches are reasonable -- but there needs to be a way either via the user agent or content author to allow users to use reflow but also see the content.  

An example is a common collaboration tool that I use.  When I zoom in to see the content in the middle the margins increase and the side content stays or grows larger to keep it readable.  This causes the content in the middle I wanted to see to shrink.  Often I end up zooming out to 70 percent to make the content in the middle get larger.  Zooming out to make content larger seems odd but I found it often works for certain regions of the screen -- obviously other content such as the text on the sides gets smaller.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick H. Lauke [mailto:redux@splintered.co.uk] 
Sent: Thursday, January 4, 2018 5:07 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: responsive design and breakpoints and layout changes

On 04/01/2018 21:41, Phill Jenkins wrote:
> I agree it honestly
> seems like responsive design is the wild wild west where for many 
> developers, all that matters is that it works for their eyes on the 
> devices they happen to own - like guidelines and training are going to 
> fix that . . .

As for the developer bashing bit, maybe also consider that these developers were aiming to ensure content fits/adapts to whatever the user's browser/viewport width is, rather than forcing the user to scroll horizontally and vertically. So not so much a "they don't care/it's the wild west", but rather "their aim works for certain users, but doesn't work for me/match my preference".

Patrick H. Lauke

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