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Re: WA - background-image in CSS

From: Charles F. Munat <chas@munat.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2002 18:41:25 -0800
Message-ID: <3C48DCD5.4050102@munat.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
kynn-eda@idyllmtn.com wrote:

> 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."

Bad analogy. Telling people the colors is not the same as seeing the 
colors. This was already discussed in regard to logos. The real question 
is, What information do these colors convey and how can we convey this 
same information?

Example: A political site that is red, white, and blue.

Don't tell me those colors were randomly selected, and don't tell me 
that they have no content. But telling users that the background is 
white, the navigation bar is blue, and the logo is red does not convey 
that patriotic feeling. (Of course, if you aren't an American, these may 
give you another feeling entirely.)

This is a complicated issue, and it may not be possible to convey 
exactly the same information to different types of user. But that is not 
the same thing as saying that this information is inessential. On a 
political site, it might be more important than the text.

If you're going to actually "design" a site, rather than just add 
gratuitous images and colors, then it's worth thinking about these issues.

Charles F. Munat
Seattle, Washington
Received on Friday, 18 January 2002 21:40:07 UTC

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