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Re: presentation comments

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 14:33:42 -0500
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Thanks for your comments, my response marked as JRG:

At 02:03 PM 4/30/98 -0400, Kitch Barnicle wrote:
>So far I have 3 comments or suggestions regarding the 
>"Presentation Adjustability" section of the browser 
>1. The priority ratings appear to be appropriate.
>2. A common reference regarding the benefits to users 
>with visual impairments and learning disabilities 
>appears in several places. I was wondering if it would 
>be better to write a more detailed description that 
>can be linked to where appropriate. (see [example 
>description] below)

JRG:  Good idea I get it in as soon as possible.

>3. Without suggesting any specific implementation, are 
>there certain features that should be "easier" to 
>adjust / toggle than other? The current draft suggests 
>having a keyboard/menu command to switch between 
>"outline" and "full" view. Would a keyboard or menu 
>command to, say for example, toggle between high 
>contrast and standard mode be useful? Likewise would 
>it be important for the user to be able to switch 
>between one set of preferences and other?  Is this 
>something that should be discussed in the "visibility" 
>section of the guidelines?

I think it would be useful.  I'll put it in and we can discuss it friday.

>[example description]
>Providing the user with the ability to control the 
>visual presentation of web pages should be a high 
>priority for all user agents. Presentation control 
>will provide improved access to the web for many users 
>groups including, individuals with visual impairments 
>or learning disabilities, users of assistive 
>technology which makes use of display color 
>information, users of classroom computers, projection 
>systems, laptop computers, public kiosks, and other 
>non-traditional user agents. Presentation 
>adjustability is also important to users who may not 
>be able to sit close to the display device it is also 
>important to users who have personal preferences 
>regarding the presentation of on-line information. 
>Presentation adjustability may also impact the printed 
>More specifically, individuals who have low vision or 
>color blindness frequently must customize font style, 
>sizes and colors in order to improve the readability 
>of on-line information or to improve the interaction 
>between the user agent and any assistive technology. 
>Highlighted text is often used by third party 
>assistive technologies to indicate what the user wants 
>to read through speech output. Highlighted text can 
>also be used by screen readers to indicate the focus 
>of what the user is trying to read. Some screen 
>readers are sensitive to the highlight colors. Other 
>users of assistive technology may wish to control the 
>amount of text or information that appears on their 
>display by adjusting the font size and style. Again, 
>screen reader users may which to use small font sizes 
>in order to fit more text on the screen.
>I am sure there are other examples. Is this of 
>any use?
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
1207 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820

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