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Re: WA - background-image in CSS

From: <kynn-eda@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 08:45:09 -0800 (PST)
Message-Id: <200201181645.IAA23760@garth.idyllmtn.com>
To: Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk ("Scarlett Julian (ED)")
Cc: RRust@COVANSYS.com ('RUST Randal'), w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Julian wrote:
> The whole crux of this is that Bob feels that it is he and not you that
> should determine what is important information. 

Then clearly Bob should author the page!  The WCAG1 guidelines leave
it up to the author to determine the purpose of the page, and do not
require the author to be a mind-reader and determine what every potential
user in the world would feel is important.

> I would say that if you feel
> the background image is so much less important than the rest of the page
> leave the bl**dy thing out, don't put it in in the first place. 

This is terrible advice.  Background images and other presentational
effects can vastly enhance the usability and accessibility for audiences
who can see them, and do not detract from the experience of other users
if employed responsibly.

You should not leave something out simply because it is not useful to
one audience.  C'mon, people, this should be a basic tenet of accessibility.

Received on Friday, 18 January 2002 11:38:10 UTC

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