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Re: Target Size and Target Size (no exception) SC

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 24 May 2017 16:49:05 +0100
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <171ddafb-c4bb-ad76-516d-e448bceea26e@splintered.co.uk>
On 24/05/2017 16:40, Gregg C Vanderheiden wrote:
 >  and if you make the links and text this large than all of the text 
is very large

the active/actionable part of a text-based link also includes its 
padding, so it can be styled in a way that makes the target large while 
retaining the text size small. But this can result in links on different 
lines having overlapping target sizes if they line up too close next to 
each other, a problem that's even less controllable with responsive 
design where a block of text can reflow and cause these overlaps.

>   if the person needs to have things better in order to hit them, then 
> they need to have everything bigger or else they won’t be able to access 
> everything.
> What am I missing?

Back in the misty past, there was the idea of making this apply to 
"important controls" only, but as "important" was not unambiguously 
definable, this more circuitous route was used in order to exclude 
links/controls that are traditionally less important.

But yes, agree it's not ideal.

Patrick H. Lauke

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