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RE: Poor contrast on focus indicator: SC 2.4.7 failure?

From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 23:09:40 +0000
To: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>, Wayne Dick <waynedick@knowbility.org>
CC: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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> So I do not think disabling CSS  to do away with poor contrast on the focus indicator will make it pass 2.4.7.

I hope we don't go down the path of saying that disabling CSS can help you allow you to meet success criteria.  While in theory this could work it relegates  people with low vision to use an interface that is visually not equal to that presented to people without disabilities all in the name of not wanting to use sufficient contrast.

Jonathan

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-----Original Message-----
From: Sailesh Panchang [mailto:sailesh.panchang@deque.com] 
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2015 7:49 AM
To: Wayne Dick
Cc: WAI Interest Group
Subject: Poor contrast on focus indicator: SC 2.4.7 failure?

Hello Wayne,
SC 1.4.3 (AA)  applies to text and images of text and not to the visual focus indicator for links / other UI controls.
Yet, poor contrast of the visual focus indicator too may make the focus indicator not "visible" or clearly discernible and cause a failure of SC 2.4.7 in my opinion.
Do you agree / perceive poor contrast of the focus indicator as an SC
2.4.7 failure?
By the way, disabling CSS may make the focus indicator visible for reasons not impacted by poor contrast too, yet SC 2.4.7 is on the books  at Level AA.
So I do not think disabling CSS  to do away with poor contrast on the focus indicator will make it pass 2.4.7.

Thanks,
Sailesh Panchang

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