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RE: CSS Accessibility Analyzer from Michael Cooper

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 23:51:08 -0500 (EST)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSO.4.53.0402162343490.4210@mail.veldt.ca>

> So we could create a
> technique that says, in effect, "If your target browser includes IE, the
> author must use relative font sizes.

"Must"? *"Must"*?!

Just give us an alternate stylesheet and an accessible way to select it.
Or ask people to grow up and use a better browser. Newsflash: Even if you
must or simply wish to use Windows, you have a wide range of improved
browsers at your disposal.

There *is* no public Web page for which IE *on Windows* (always make that
clarfication) is not a "target." This is a really genteel and
nicely-polished way of keeping the same broken WCAG 1.0 requirement.

> If your target browser is only Opera,
> the author can use absolute sizes and still be assured that the page will be
> WCAG-compliant for the user."

Oh, now who the hell targets for *only* Opera? Some authors customize for
MOSe browsers (Mozilla/Opera/Safari Enhancement,
<http://www.mezzoblue.com/archives/2003/06/25/mose/>), but I have simply
never heard of anyone writing an entire site only for Opera. There are a
few features people put in that only Opera gets right, but people do that
with Safari, too. (Like me.)

WCAG WG continues to pretend that the concept of progressive enhancement
does not exist and is not already being followed by designers. I would
suggest Googling it; I have a large folder of bookmarks on that topic I
can wrangle later.

> It is of course the author's responsibility to
> be realistic about the browsers used by their audience and not try to use
> this browser profiling as a way to wriggle out of the techniques, but a

WCAG WG is telling authors to be realistic? We'll start when you start.

> and the techniques are easily updated if we become aware of a browser with
> its own issues.

Easily updated? You people can't get past the issue of abbreviations and


  Joe Clark  |  joeclark@joeclark.org
  Author, _Building Accessible Websites_
  <http://joeclark.org/access/> | <http://joeclark.org/book/>
Received on Monday, 16 February 2004 23:47:01 UTC

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