RE: Technique 3.3.A - checking for style sheets

I like the idea to trigger the suggestion to use stylesheets on just a
couple of elements, such as FONT, where a stylesheet can be used. I would
add that it's very important to trigger this if we find a layout table as
well. I think one of the big intents of stylesheets was to be able to
position items that way and move away from layout tables altogether. Once
CSS is widely supported, we would want to see layout tables disappear


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Wendy A Chisholm
> Sent: Friday, February 18, 2000 3:48 PM
> To: Leonard R. Kasday;
> Subject: Re: Technique 3.3.A - checking for style sheets
>   I tried to incorporate your comments, Len, in the following proposal.
> Hopefully it conveys that if none of the presentation elements or
> attributes exist then we just need to verify that structural elements are
> not being abused.  Perhaps this ought to link to those techniques.  For
> now, I suggest "verify that the author has chosen not to modify
> presentation in any way."  that's pretty open-ended, perhaps too much so?
> <blockquote>
> Technique 3.3.1 [priority 2] Check document for use of style sheets.
> Discussion Status:
> awaiting discussion
> Evaluation:
> Check the document for presence of STYLE or LINK rel="stylesheet"
> elements
> within the HEAD element or use of "style" attributes throughout
> the document.
> Check for FONT and BASEFONT elements, and the "text," "vlink,"
> "link," and
> "alink" attributes on BODY.
> Example of a message to be displayed:
> Use style sheets to control layout and presentation. For example, use the
> CSS 'font' property instead of the HTML FONT and BASEFONT elements to
> control font styles
> Repair Technique:
> If none of these elements are identified, verify that the author
> has chosen
> not to modify the presentation in any way.
> If FONT or BASEFONT elements or "text," "vlink," "link," and "alink"
> attributes on BODY, suggest or help the author convert the presentatin
> properties to style sheets.
> If the author chosses to convert deprecated markup to style sheets or add
> style sheets, trigger technique 6.1 to verify that the document
> is readable
> when style sheets are not applied.
> </blockquote>
> At 09:37 PM 1/30/00 , Leonard R. Kasday wrote:
> >>Check document for presence of STYLE or LINK rel="stylesheet" elements.
> >>If neither occur, then provide a user notification.
> >>Example Language:
> >'
> >What if a person simply wants to do straight HTML with nothing but
> >structural elements, e.g. H1, H2, UL, <STRONG> etc.
> >
> >We don't want to say they must use style sheets if they have no wish to
> >change browser's default fonts etc.
> >
> >So it woulb be bettter to restrict this notification to cases where some
> >other means such as font is used for things that font could be used for.
> >
> >Len
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