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Re: Are All Capital Letters accessible?

From: Greg Lowney <gcl-0039@access-research.org>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2017 10:41:07 -0800
To: Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>
Cc: tink@tink.uk, Gregg C Vanderheiden <greggvan@umd.edu>, IG - WAI Interest Group List list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <4833f73e-4124-c736-c67c-12a3fb52880c@access-research.org>
I don't have reliable references but I would guess that using all uppercase would cause difficulty for more people than it helped.

More importantly, make sure that the actual text follows the most normal capitalization rules for the context, with any styling as all uppercase or lowercase applied using CSS so it can be overridden by the client: user style sheets or scripts can always force all upper-, lower-, or mixed-case, but it can't recreate appropriate sentence capitalization with 100% accuracy so that has to be specified by the author.

     Greg

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Subject: Re: Are All Capital Letters accessible?
From: Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>
To: tink@tink.uk
Cc: Gregg C Vanderheiden <greggvan@umd.edu>, IG - WAI Interest Group List list <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Date: 5/8/2017 7:35 AM
> Thank you all for your prompt response.I think the back end code and assistive tech (e.g., our smart phones) are not the issue, except for bad design and bad code!
>
> I also, think this article is only focusing on the use of all caps, and it's not looking on the back end (in digital world) and not on the print!
>
> On Mon, May 8, 2017 at 11:15 AM, Léonie Watson <tink@tink.uk <mailto:tink@tink.uk>> wrote:
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>     I'd also note that all caps is generally thought of as bad manners (it's the equivalent of shouting at someone), and it isn't good quality writing (it isn't the way we teach English speaking children to write good content for example).
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>     Léonie
>     -- 
>     @LeonieWatson tink.uk <http://tink.uk> Carpe diem
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>     On 08/05/2017 15:53, Gregg C Vanderheiden wrote:
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>         I would look for quality research in a peer-reviewed journal for answers
>         to this.
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>         But I do know that the outlines of words is one thing we use to decode
>         them — and all caps do not have outlines.    But whether the larger
>         letters of all caps offsets this — I would not guess.  I would look to
>         research — and not just one paper.   You can find a paper proving just
>         about anything - including the earth is flat.
>
>
>         /g/
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>         Gregg C Vanderheiden
>         greggvan@umd.edu <mailto:greggvan@umd.edu> <mailto:greggvan@umd.edu <mailto:greggvan@umd.edu>>
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>
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>             On May 8, 2017, at 9:46 AM, Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca <mailto:mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>
>             <mailto:mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca <mailto:mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>>> wrote:
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>             Hello and good day,
>
>             I would appreciate a clarification on the topic of all capital
>             (titles, headings, and text).
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>             My understanding is that we should not use all caps!
>             But a colleague of mine has suggested the article below from a blog (I
>             don't know the author or the blog's credibility)  It’s a Myth That All
>             Capital Letters Are Inherently Harder to Read
>             <http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/12/23/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-19-its-a-myth-that-all-capital-letters-are-inherently-harder-to-read/ <http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/12/23/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-19-its-a-myth-that-all-capital-letters-are-inherently-harder-to-read/>>
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>             <
>             http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/12/23/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-19-its-a-myth-that-all-capital-letters-are-inherently-harder-to-read/ <http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/12/23/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-19-its-a-myth-that-all-capital-letters-are-inherently-harder-to-read/>
>             >
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>             PS. Personally as a x-graphic designer, i used to love using all caps,
>             until I was introduced to digital accessibility few years back. And
>             now (having glasses) I can see the difference and I can also relate.
>
>             Thank you,
>             Cheers
>
>             M
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