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Re: User Stylesheets are Assistive Technology

From: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:27:04 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJeQ8SDhH8bU3y-yG9-AX_m=jNujFNjL7fJ91infPFKke6YwXw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Katie Haritos-Shea GMAIL <ryladog@gmail.com>
Cc: W3C WAI ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Joe first,
Here is a modest stylesheet.

/* Simple Style Sheet to Reset Color and Font Size for Safari
html, iframe, body, p, ol, li, dt, dd, dl, div, span, section,
article, header, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, footer, aside, a {
  background-color: #c0b098 !important;
  color: #000000 !important;
  font-size: 20px !important;
  line-height: 1.35em !important;
  letter-spacing: 0.06em !important;
  word-spacing: 0.09em !important;

a {
  font-size: 20px !important;
  color: brown !important;

In the modern context it is best intervene only a little.

Here I just change font-size up by 25%, spacing and

background color. This works on most responsive pages.

Most pages can take this amount of change.

Sometimes changing color disables a page for no obvious reason.

Change my colors as you need.

Lastly, sometimes non-responsive pages do well with very large

fonts. On gitHub I use 32px font and then zoom to 125%.


My pages are assistive technology. They are

technology that enable me to read. It is only prejudice that

does not recognize this as legitimate AT.

Best to all, Wayne

On Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 5:02 PM Katie Haritos-Shea <ryladog@gmail.com>

> 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
Received on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 00:28:10 UTC

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