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Re: Proposed mobile techniques for SC 3.2

From: Alastair Campbell <acampbell@nomensa.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:28:44 +0100
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <gregg@raisingthefloor.org>
CC: GLWAI Guidelines WG org <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <D1528BC4.22FE9%acampbell@nomensa.com>
Sorry, I didn’t put that very well.

If we advise that targets are at least the size specified in the platform guidelines, that prevents people making targets that are too small but people without disabilities are just about be able to use them.

I can see instances where someone tries to cram in lots of options making the hit targets very small, having a guideline/SC/advisory could help people to argue for larger hit areas.

Kind regards,


From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gregg@raisingthefloor.org<mailto:gregg@raisingthefloor.org>>
Date: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 05:51
To: Alastair Campbell <acampbell@nomensa.com<mailto:acampbell@nomensa.com>>
Cc: GLWAI Guidelines WG org <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org<mailto:w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Proposed mobile techniques for SC 3.2

I think I am reading this wrong.  But it sounds like  we are determining what the size for a person with a disability is by defining it as
"the minimum size that is recommended for people without disabilities?   But in any case it should not be bigger than normal?"

that  doesn’t grok.  So maybe there is an error below or in my logic above.

( I concur that we can’t specify that everything have larger than normal buttons or that all button be larger than X  (imagine fitting the keyboard on screen of a phone if they keys were of any significant size).  So I concur with your rational approach.
But I think that this provision (and many others) are “general direction” guidance, and not something that can be more than”   “Do XXXX as much as you can and in as many places as you can”    rather than “do this” in general or "you must do this”



Gregg Vanderheiden

On Apr 13, 2015, at 4:13 AM, Alastair Campbell <acampbell@nomensa.com<mailto:acampbell@nomensa.com>> wrote:

Testability is difficult for this one, but I can see a couple of approaches:

 1.  Does the minimum size meet the platform guidelines. For example, I think iOS defines something like  44 points as a minimum (points being relative pixels, I.e. 88px on a 2x display), and Android & Windows have something similar. We pick the smallest of these as the minimum to work across platforms as a testable minimum.
 2.  Given that pixels are the best relative measure across platform [1], working out a minimum physical size on a small device and working out the pixels should be possible.

>From a limited experience in testing with people who have mobility impairments on mobile, they tended to pick a larger phone like a 5” Android assuming that the buttons would be bigger. (This was pre-iPhone 6 / 6+). People who needed more essentially have to use an alternative input.

I think the minimum value has to work for the mainstream, i.e. not be bigger than normal, but the SC could be used to prevent buttons being too small.

If we can’t define a minimum, then it will have to be ‘should’.

Kind regards,


1] https://alastairc.ac/2013/02/how-to-hold-your-ipad/

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gregg@raisingthefloor.org<mailto:gregg@raisingthefloor.org>>
Date: Friday, 10 April 2015 22:06
To: GLWAI Guidelines WG org <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org<mailto:w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>>
Subject: Re: Proposed mobile techniques for SC 3.2
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I think this is important

but I wonder about testability.
And I’m not sure how we would determine what these mean.

This is for CONTENT — and target size is determined by they hardware.
e.g. the size of the button varies depending on whether it is displayed  on a    56 cm/23 inch  touch screen   or a 40cm/15.7in touchscreen   or a  10cm/4 inch screen

In fact - what will fit on one screen would not on another

If the author has no control over what size screen it would be on  —  how do they follow this provision?

If these are just  “SHOULD” guidelines (advisory) then these are fine.  I don’t see a problem/question.

but if they are SHALL  then … don’t they have to be measurable?
— and don’t they need to apply  everywhere (all content)?

We need to think about being on the receiving end of these.  If someone requires US to follow them - and will not pay our salary (fee) if we don’t.
How will we know (and prove) that we have met them?

The question/concern is about about the Target Size/Spacing provision — but also for other ones as well.


 *   Is this an advisory document (all "shoulds” )
 *   or a conformance document  (you “Shall” do these or you don’t conform).

    -  then the   “are” in the provision below needs to be changed to   “should”   or “is best if”  or something like that.

If it is a CONFORMANCE type document

 *   then we need to say exactly how large,   and say it in some measurable fashion that everyone would agree on whether it is met.
 *    “large enough” is not measurable.
    *   “large enough to touch accurately”  is different for each person.  Which person is the “certified test measure person” ?
 *   Ditto for “adequate"

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