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Re: Request for assistance

From: Dan B. <danb@kempt.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:43:15 -0400
Message-ID: <506279D3.5020006@kempt.net>
To: "'WAI Interest Group'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
GF Mueden@ wrote:
> ...
> (2) Fewer people know about poor contrast sensitivity, the ability to 
> distinguish between shades of gray or colors, and that the fixes are 
> heavier lines and bold fonts. Magnification helps to see the print, but 
> a larger skinny character is still skinny and hard to read. The viewer 
> needs choice of font.

The real fix would be to get web designers to quit thinking it's cool to
reduce the contrast--or at least to quit being so ignorant about human
visual perception and not reduce the contrast on small things (e.g.,
the main text), which need _higher_ contrast, when high contrast looks
too harsh for them on some big item (e.g., headings, logos, etc.).

 > (3) Limited visual field is usually caused by retinal damage, but also
 > by poor acuity requiring a short eye to screen distance. The fix here is
 > minimizing the screen width and pulling in the margins to give a narrow
 > column of copy. which in turn calls for word wrap to keep the copy in
 > the column. Many IT professionals are unaware of the limited field problem.

That really should be stated as the minimizing browser window width (or
displayed page width or whatever) rather than the _screen_ width (so
readers don't forget, as too many web designers do, that the browser
window is NOT always a full-screen window).

Received on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 03:44:30 UTC

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