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Re: css layout should be symmetrical

From: Vadim Plessky <lucy-ples@mtu-net.ru>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 19:23:35 +0300
To: Jesse McCarthy <mccarthy36@earthlink.net>, www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <auto-000020202198@umail.ru>
On Thursday 21 February 2002 16:29, Jesse McCarthy wrote:
|   David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk> wrote on 2/19/02 1:58:54 AM:
|   >> hack.  Of course, the statements quoted need to be evaluated on a
|   >> case-by- case or person-by-person basis.  I don't develop for
|   >> non-visual media, so should I care about this?
|   >
|   >If you are in the USA, Australia, or Europe, it is rather difficult not
|   >to be obliged to support non-visual media.
|   > . . .
|   I know (vaguely) about the government regulations.  I don't know if my
| work is within the domain of any such regulations, but the practical
| reality is that it is a total non-issue for me at present and for the
| foreseeable future. It would, however, be a big issue with my boss if I
| started taking a really long time to make sites and changing their design
| to accomodate blind users that in alll likelihood don't even exist, and

Indeed, it's a big problem for every person working in corporate environment.
Most likely, your boss will not understand you if you say "I redesign the 
site for W3C standards conformance"
Most businesses do not care wether HTML/CSS is valid or not.
They care only about final results.

| certainly exist in no greater than infinitesimal numbers.  Context: I work
| for a company that makes websites for veterinary related companies such as
| animal hospitals, veterinary professional organizations, etc.
|   It is a pretty significant difference between, say, seeing and being
| blind. Maybe we should consider the possibility that in order to produce a
| worthwhile experience for everyone, or anyone, it might require more than a
| different style sheet to make the same content available to such
| drastically different demographics of users.
|   Other mediums don't try to pile all of the responsibility onto a single
|   physical object.  You can have a traditional book, an audio book, and a
|   braille book that all consist of the same content, but they are three
|   separate, individual objects.


This topic was several times discussed on WAI-IG mailing list.
Question was: wether we should create different versions of site for 
different types of users (or different browsers), or go with one version and 
universal CSS stylesheet, with fallback features for old browsers.

Opinions were divided into 2 separate camps.
Obviously, it a problem of "Chiken and the Egg".
Some people appreciate first approach, another - second.

|   Jesse


Vadim Plessky
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