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Re: User Stylesheets are Assistive Technology

From: Katie Haritos-Shea <ryladog@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:02:21 -0400
Message-ID: <CAEy-OxHc-c7HHDEHrpvNf5kb1L1-S7bsh_8CQ3U8YoXdJnUhnA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Cc: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Wayne,

I get what you are saying.

I personally refer to two things related to user needs in relation to
technology, Assitive Technologies and Adaptive Techniques.

User style sheets seem to fall somewhere in between those two for me.

On Tue, Jul 17, 2018, 7:57 PM Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com> wrote:

> There are lots of people who claim to be accessibility experts who
> disregard the value of user stylesheets as a significant technology to
> mitigate problems of visual interface. Actually they work quite well.
>
> This technology is used primarily be people who are left out of the
> mainstream ATs. They are a way to change colors, ensure a personalized
> contrast ration, control column width and many other things.
>
> I use Safari because the browser will host user stylesheets. It is too bad
> that other browsers decided to stop supporting this important assistive
> technology.
>
> I think the AG should at least recognize that this is a form of assistive
> technology that is available in a technology landscape that offers almost
> nothing useful for most people with low vision and cognitive disabilities.
>
> For those who want to tell me how wonderful screen magnifiers are if I
> just used them correctly, don't bother. I probably know how to use them
> better than you. For my needs, screen magnification scores zero.
>
> Wayne Dick
>
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