Re: Adapting Text Units: Spaces, paragraphs, and ems

The paragraphs one is tricky but I think it would be testable if it was asking for 2ems (lines) underneath each paragraph.

2. Spacing underneath paragraphs to at least 2 times the font size (2 lines).

(Is the term “below” or “after” better?)

Therefore, the answers for each of Stephen’s questions would be:

  1.  Which paragraph’s font size do I base the spacing on?
A: The one above the space.

  2.  Is it spacing before or after or split between the two?
A: After only.

  3.  Does a heading or sub-heading count as a paragraph?  Seems like that would be a much bigger distinguisher so I’m assuming no.
A: No. I assume it is a gap in terms of what users would want though?

  4.  What if a list, block quote, image, or other element breaks up a paragraph?  This becomes an important difference depending on the answers to 1 and 2.
A: Then it is two paragraphs, and it shouldn’t break if you add a margin to the bottom of each paragraph.

  5.  If a paragraph has another visual distinction like a first line indent or border, is the spacing requirement the same?
A: Yes (I assume that is the desired requirement).

The CSS to test it for HTML would simply be:
p {margin-bottom: 2em !important;}

Specifying ‘underneath’ also gets around the collapsing margins aspect of CSS which I’m sure would raise many questions/issues! (That’s where the bottom-margin of one element and the top-margin of next element are not simply added together, it uses the higher value of the two and the rest is ‘collapsed’.)

Stephen wrote:
> In the end though, I’m having a tough time seeing how a test for paragraph spacing could ever really fail in the context of this criterion

I agree, I’m not sure it’s adding anything of value to end users. Not that having lots of spacing between paragraphs is not useful, just that it won’t find many issues.



Received on Thursday, 13 July 2017 14:47:08 UTC