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RE: WA - background-image in CSS

From: Harry Woodrow <harrry@email.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2002 01:06:57 +0800
To: <kynn-eda@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: "RUST Randal" <RRust@COVANSYS.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
So if a deaf person went to a resturaunt which had a band it is fine for the
returaunt owner to only allow that person to sit in a place that the band
could not be heard as he wouldnt be able to hear it anyway because the
essential character of a resturaunt is food.  I doubt that would be
acceptible and neither do I feel that others making choices which do not
apply to everyone are in regard to web sites.

Harry Woodrow

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Sent: Saturday, 19 January 2002 12:42 AM
To: Harry Woodrow
Cc: RUST Randal; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: WA - background-image in CSS

Harry writes:
> you said
> Therefore, I could use the CSS background property for the inclusion of
> non-essential elements, and then I would not have to use the "alt" tag.  A
> blind user gets the same ESSENTIAL CONTENT as the user who can see the
> This was not just refering to the background image but ALL that YOU
> non essential.

Yep, that's correct.  The essential content of the page has to come
through.  How hard is this to understand?

Here's an example.  The color of a page is content.  It's not essential
content, but it does convey some information to visual users.  It's not
the key content.  It's not essential to the purpose of the page.  The
page has been designed according to WCAG1 standards and the page is
entirely usable without style sheets.

But the color is still "information" in some sense.

Please show me a page in which you list every color on the page in
text, for the benefit of those users who can't see them.  Such as, "this
page is light blue, with a navy border and black text; links are bright
green and dark green when followed."

Doing such would be absurb, but when you start ranting that "NO CONTENT
SHOULD BE LOST" and don't accept that the web designer has made the
essential content accessible, you start getting far into absurdity
land.  Remember:  all information is "content", all content is
"information", and what matters is ensuring accessibility to the
essential content of the site, not to specific EXPRESSION of that

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