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Re: image links and (text)boxes

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 19:22:55 -0500 (EST)
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
cc: WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0212171919570.18999-100000@tux.w3.org>

I agree that a strong outline is helpful for recognition for various reasons.
I don't think it therefore follows that a shape should not be on a
rectangular background.

I liked the idea of a text-box that is dynamically sized. This is something
to look for in Xforls implementations - I suggest looking at them in a
browser like X-smiles where you could get a nice SVG layout...



On Mon, 16 Dec 2002, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:

>if we lay aside transparency can we agree that:
>the profile or outline of an image is helpful for identification, and
>that therefore rectilinear outlines should be avoided where possible?
>As far as transparency, it is preferable as 'else' one gets artificial
>rectilinear boxes, which maintain an author controlled background,
>which may not suit the user.
>it is true that in many instances the user may choose an inappropriate
>BG, however the author is in no position to decide what is suitable....
>(to say: "If these help recognisability, commercial web sites will do
>it anyway;" as David does(in IG thread) is not that helpful, we may as
>well give up writing guidelines on this basis....
>all this supposed freedom of SVG, flash, whatever means that we need
>more guidelines... where are they? come to that where are those CSS
>accessibility style sheets?
>did you consider that text box that resizes itself as you write? have
>you seen it anywhere, this would be an example of a site usefully
>transforming to suit the user, a rare commodity indeed :-0

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