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Re: User Stylesheets are Assistive Technology

From: Chaals Nevile <chaals@yandex.ru>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 01:01:25 +0200
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On Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:40:11 +0200, Tobias Bengfort  
<tobias.bengfort@posteo.de> wrote:

> I think a major issue with user stylesheets is that there are no stable
> CSS-APIs that you could work against. A user-stylesheet is basically a
> monkey-patch that will break on a regular basis.
> In order to get this working reliably we would have to convince authors
> to trat their CSS as a public interface and announce breaking changes
> early on. I am not sure this reasonable.

We would. But in a world of CSS preprocessors and so on, it is possibly  
easier than it might seem.


> tobias
> On 18/07/18 01:50, Wayne Dick 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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