Re: Action-1046

Hi Jeanne,

I think it could be a stronger example, as few web pages are actually affected by the browser's default foreground and background colors unless the user also chooses a non-default to override author-specified colors.

Also, I completely misinterpreted "font and background colors" as meaning (a) font and (b) background colors, which didn't seem right. (I don't know of cases where font choice makes a big difference for contrast, although specialized fonts could be designed to minimize sharp edges.) Personally I prefer "foreground and background colors", but the Guidelines currently say "text color and background color", and if we're keeping that we should probably use the same language here.

Thus, how about:

"Matilda finds high contrast colors painful. She has set the default text color and background colors in her operating system so they have low contrast, and tells her browser to pick up those colors and use them to display all web pages. (If this makes a poorly-designed page unusable, she can temporarily turn off this setting.)"

Also, I don't think this belongs in the current 1.1.3 (Replace Non-Text Content), but probably somewhere in 1.4 (Provide text configuration).


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Action-1046
From: Jeanne Spellman <>
To: UAWG <>
Date: 12/16/2014 11:03 AM
> Action-1046: Add the example to 1.1.3 people who find high contrast painful and want a low contrast font.
> Matilda finds high contrast colors painful, and wants lower contrast font and background colors. She sets the default font and background colors in her operating system, which her browser picks up and uses for the default settings for web pages font and background colors.
> Please let the list know if you have comments or changes.

Received on Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:42:08 UTC