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RE: And today's ironic bit of HTML is...

From: Andrew McFarland <andrew.mcfarland@unite.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Jul 2002 08:51:05 +0100
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At 13:57 05/07/2002 +0100, Pete Urwin wrote:
>Given that most of our clients have never heard of W3C and accessibility,
>how can low levels of awareness be raised?

In my experience, one of the best things to do is develop with 
accessibility in mind. This usually leads to conversations like the 

Client: "Why is the text so big on my monitor?"

Me: "Well, I didn't set the text size, so it shows up at the default 
setting for your browser."

Client: "But its still too big"

Me: [Explains how to reduce font size on client's machine]

Client: "That was handy. Why did you do it that way?"

Me: "It means that if someone has set their browser to have bigger text the 
text appears to be bigger".

Client: "Ah, but that will make it look too big"

Me: "Not for them it won't. Some people need bigger text because of, for 
example, eyesight problems."

 From there, I can usually discuss the wide range of circumstances under 
which people use the web. There will always be some clients who want 
something awful, but most are pleased that we have taken the time to care 
about something they hadn't considered.


Andrew McFarland
UNITE Solutions
Received on Monday, 8 July 2002 03:54:10 UTC

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