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From: Jim Allan <allanj@tsbvi.edu>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 16:37:40 -0600
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3.h Address skins and accessibility.

This was originally based on discussions about authors modifying the skin or
chrome of the browser. Specifically, authors can use CSS to change the
appearance of the browser scroll bars (in Internet Explorer) and add
animated icons (FAVicons) in a browser's address bar and tab title
(Firefox).

On further investigation, I found that changes to scroll bar color and other
attributes are configurable by the author using  browsers specific
extensions (Internet Explorer and Konqueror) to CSS. After doing some
testing in IE, I found that the user can restore the default color by
choosing "Ignore colors specified on a webpage" in the accessibility
options, or create their own style sheet to override the author styles
<http://www.w3.org/Style/Examples/007/scrollbars.html>.

I could not find any other mechanisms to change the skin (borders, menus,
etc.) that the user did not have control over.

FAVicons:
they may be part of the meta information of a page,
e.g. <link href="pglobe.gif" TYPE="image/gif" REL="icon">
or just referenced on a site with a .ico file.
they cannot currently be stopped by the browser.

I think we should drop this requirement (skins) and address any specific
accessibility issues (such as the animated FAVicons) in the guidelines
themselves.

Jim Allan, Webmaster & Statewide Technical Support Specialist
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9264  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
"We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964
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