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Re: background-image in CSS

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 10:44:15 -0800
Message-ID: <3C486CFF.5060302@munat.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Access Systems wrote:

> don't people with screen readers have a right to the "effect" you think is
> usefull for some people but not others.   Why the difference?  Do you
> think that visually impaired folks cannot get an "effect" or that they
> don't deserve that "effect"??????

Having seen the page in question, the actual background image is a 
pattern of black and gray horizontal stripes, one pixel wide. The effect 
it creates is to cause the text area -- which has a white background -- 
to pop out, focusing the reader's eyes. No description of the image will 
have a similar effect for non-visual users, and, in fact, it is probably 
unneccessary because a screen reader focuses the user's attention 
similarly already.

I don't think that Ineke believes that non-visual users should be 
deprived of anything. But this brings up an interesting question: how 
does one convey the equivalent meaning to a non-visual user?

Charles F. Munat
Seattle, Washington
Received on Friday, 18 January 2002 13:42:57 UTC

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