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RE: [css3-text] proposed value for text-align: no-justify

From: Belov, Charles <Charles.Belov@sfmta.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 10:00:49 -0700
Message-ID: <E17F75B6E86AE842A57B4534F82D03769C30AB@MTAMAIL.muni.sfgov.org>
To: <www-style@w3.org>
Cc: "Koji Ishii" <kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp>
Koji Ishii [mailto:kojiishi@gluesoft.co.jp] wrote on Friday, October 15,
2010 2:23 AM
> > The use case is for an end-user who has trouble reading 
> text which is 
> > justified.
> 
> Would you mind if I ask if this "trouble reading" is some 
> kind of accessibility issue, formatting related issue, or 
> something else?
> 
> I'm curious in what cases an end-user can have trouble 
> reading justified text.

It has been identified as an accessibility issue.  See
http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/meaning.html

"Advisory Techniques for Guideline 3.1 (not success criteria specific)
....
These techniques are not required or sufficient for meeting any success
criteria, but can make certain types of Web content more accessible to
more people.
....
# Avoiding centrally aligned text (future link)
# Avoiding text that is fully justified (to both left and right margins)
in a way that causes poor spacing between words or characters (future
link)
# Using left-justified text for languages that are written left to right
and right-justified text for languages that are written right-to-left
(future link)"

I personally have difficulty keeping my place in justified text.  In
particular, if I glance away for a moment, I have trouble re-finding
where I was.

On the other hand, centrally aligned text words better for me than
left-aligned text for section headings.  

Hope this helps,
Charles Belov
SFMTA Webmaster
Received on Friday, 15 October 2010 17:03:22 GMT

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