Re: Quick Tips, question

I prefer the card with "the ... element":
         a) it reads better (i.e. slightly more grammatically).
         b) to me it looks better with the last line of text on the front 
side almost in line with the "over" arrow.  It appears to make the 
margin/padding uniform on all sides.
         c) it is slightly more informative - there is a difference between 
elements and attributes so why not emphasize that fact.

Having said all that, I won't stop handing the cards out if you choose to 
go with the simpler fix.

Chuck Letourneau

At 2001-01-22 02:01 PM, Judy Brewer wrote:
>Comments welcome through early Tuesday morning (January 23) US EST.
>In our meeting last Friday we briefly re-discussing one issue regarding the
>updated Quick Tips order.
>For reference, the current tips text is at
>We'd had an internal request for a small printing change: to change "map"
>and "noframes" which are currently boldface, small caps on the card, to
>boldface, lower case, since in XHTML it is incorrect to list element names
>in upper case.
>Turned out to be more complicated than expected. When proofing the new
>version, it became apparent that differentiating the element names in only
>one manner -- by boldface -- looked somewhat like a typo, in that it did
>not stand out enough.
>In our meeting last Friday
>we discussed four options for resolving it:
>         1. add the word "element" after MAP and NOFRAMES -- problem is 
> that it
>breaks layout
>         2. drop small caps to lowercase and leave bold -- problem is that 
> doesn't
>stand out
>         3. change font for code-type -- monospace serif, such as courier
>         4. leave as is -- problem, internal dissension.
>We decided as first choice to go with a code-font change, and if that did
>not work, to leave it as is.
>However I went over this with our printer & with our internal
>communications folks and got some new information:
>         - The code-font looked even more out of place.
>         - We got an internal rule-out on leaving the card as is, since it 
> would be
>inconsistent with XHTML which has been out for a year now.
>         - The printer managed to make the "element" word fit on the line, 
> but then
>we realized that by adding that word, we also needed to add a "the" before
>the word before element (yet another ripple effect of a "simple" change to
>the card). He then made a word-wrapping fit on the front of the card.
>That's not to say it will fit on the translated cards though.
>         - He also pointed out that on the card itself, the boldface was quite
>prominent, and therefore might be a sufficient distinction even without
>small caps. However, other parties here felt that the language use would be
>inconsistent without "element" on the card.
>I know that some of you would like not to comment further on this. However,
>if you do, here's the question:
>         - Please look at the following proofs (these are temporary URI's 
> only!!!
>do not bookmark!! and these are for visual inspection only -- the "alt" for
>the cards is that one set is exactly the same as the text on the current
>QuickTips page, and the other one has "Use the client-side map element and
>text for hotspots" and "Use the noframes element and meaningful titles.")
>         - Any comments pro or con on the use of "the... element" on the 
> card sets?
>William's message on Saturday notwithstanding, unless I get strong comments
>favoring "the... element" I plan to go with the simple boldface lowercase
>"map" & "noframes" only, since adding "element" etc seems to just
>exacerbate the clunkiness of the card.
>- Judy
>Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741
>Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) International Program Office
>World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
>MIT/LCS Room NE43-355, 200 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA,  02139,  USA

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