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Re: 1.5: Discuss link characteristics? [Accessibility]

From: Harvey Bingham <hbingham@ACM.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 1997 04:28:20 -0500
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To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 20:10 1997/02/15 -0800, you wrote:
>This is not a stylesheet problem.  This is an accessibility problem.
>And diddling with stylesheets is a horribly inefficient way to solve
>it.  The efficient way is to provide buttons or menu controls that
>simply let the user scale up all the type sizes and make the wallpaper
>go away.  If you give people that much, not one in a thousand will
>want anything more, and even that one will bless you for making the UI
>for the typical case so much easier to use.
Jon, you're right on. Give the user controls to shape the presentation
as needed for particular means of understanding.

Hear, hear. 
Let the information work with speech readers for the blind.
Give it logical organization and linearized presentation usually.
Allow asides with easy return.

See, see. 
Provide large type for the low-vision. 
Allow legible font substitution
in place of decorative ones. 
Add a much larger range of point size than MSIE [about 8-14 pt],
even more than 72 pt max of NSN. 
Allow reverse video as one friend prefers.
Get rid of wallpaper and other chart-junk [credit Ed Tufte].
Identify ALT text for all images.
Allow color shifting to help the color-blind. 
Make the accessibility controls accessible.

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