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RE: Inline Style Sheet Question

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2005 10:36:48 -0500
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To: "David Dorward" <david@dorward.me.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Section 508 (US federal accessibility standard) does not require use of
external style sheets nor does it bar inline styles.  The relevant
provision in Section 508 (1194.22 (d)) requires only that documents
associated with a style sheet are readable when style sheets are turned
off or not supported.

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Subject: Re: Inline Style Sheet Question

On Tue, Apr 05, 2005 at 11:24:58AM -0400, Lubow Scott wrote:

>    [Section 508] states that the "safest" and most useful form of
>    style sheets are "external" style sheets.  I have a data table
>    that uses styles in the <table> and <td> tags.  Would these
>    styles be considered inline styles and fail section 508?  Here is
>    an example of my table:
>    <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"
>    0pt; border-collapse: collapse;">

Yes, that is an inline style.

>    style="font-family: Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 11px;

And you might want to look at:
* http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/wai-pageauth.html#tech-relative-units
* http://css-discuss.incutio.com/?page=UsingPixels

David Dorward                                      http://dorward.me.uk
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