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Re: Caution about Style Sheets

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 09:18:32 -0500
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To: Bill Kules <wmk@takoma-software.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: "W3c-Wai-Ig@W3. Org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Right, 2.1 needs to be extended beyond color.


At 10:08 AM 1/22/01 -0500, Bill Kules wrote:
>"Leonard R. Kasday" wrote:
> > Another thing that can go wrong is to use CSS classes that mean something,
> > e.g. define a class that means "out of stock" which shows up in, say,
> > italic or a particular font.  When you turn off style sheets there's no way
> > to tell that an item is a member of that class, unless you have some
> > redundant marking.
>I agree that this would be a problem.  I'm wondering
>whether any of the WAI Guidelines directly address it.
>Checkpoint 2.1 prevents you from using color as the
>only status indicator, but doesn't address italics
>or font changes.  Certainly the implication would
>be that you should not depend on any presentational
>markup (alternatively, that doesn't have equivalent
>functional text?), but I haven't seen this in the
>checkpoints.  Have I overlooked something, or should
>2.1 perhaps be extended beyond just color?
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