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Re: Direct formatting STYLE attribute

From: Scott E. Preece <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 13:54:45 -0600
Message-Id: <199512071954.NAA01804@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Cc: www-style@w3.org, html-wg@oclc.org
   From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
|   Scott Preece wrote:
|   >Example: I have a table presenting the results of a scientific study; I
|   >want to call out three pairs of columns to talk about in the text, by
|   >presenting them in three different background colors.
|   Are they really just "red," "green," and "blue?"
|   Or are they CLASS="first_example", CLASS="second_example",
|   CLASS="third_example".  The latter is quite useful to someone reading your
|   paper through a speach synth.  The former is not.

That's an interesting question.  In the example I'm hypothesizing, the
names are actually meant to be irrelevant - say they are results from
three randomly selected samples.  I don't think naming the class would
be helpful, since the text reference to the sets of olumns would not use
the class name.  One could also argue that where the styling is used to
convey a specific typographic impression, giving the styling would be
more useful to the visually impaired reader than giving an arbitrary
name to the styling, since the reader could then visualize the
appearance of the material.

I'd be interested in hearing more about how a browser would drive a
speech synthesizer - what elements or attributes would be spoken?


scott preece
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