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Re: Are All Capital Letters accessible?

From: Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 14:39:16 +0200
Message-ID: <CA++-QFeRA1HPHcPcC27sEFHtWAv4wFiA3HJbpfimm39p0XO7DQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Gregg C Vanderheiden <greggvan@umd.edu>
Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>
The blog article mentioned by Mohsen seem to throw in doubt what both of us
(and others) have accepted as the truth.

Perhaps it's time for a re-evaluation of our beliefs in this regard.

Personally I prefer and will continue to use mixed case for copy,  but have
never felt uncomfortable to use upper case in headings or buttons,  and in
all the user research I've engaged in over the years, testing designs with
actual users,  I cannot recall a single occasion where a user objected to a
heading or button being in uppercase.

Kindest regards

On 8 May 2017 16:59, "Gregg C Vanderheiden" <greggvan@umd.edu> wrote:

> I would look for quality research in a peer-reviewed journal for answers
> to this.
> But I do know that the outlines of words is one thing we use to decode
> them β€” and all caps do not have outlines.    But whether the larger letters
> of all caps offsets this β€” I would not guess.  I would look to research β€”
> and not just one paper.   You can find a paper proving just about anything
> - including the earth is flat.
> *g*
> Gregg C Vanderheiden
> greggvan@umd.edu
> On May 8, 2017, at 9:46 AM, Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>
> wrote:
> Hello and good day,
> I would appreciate a clarification on the topic of all capital (titles,
> headings, and text).
> 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/ >
> 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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