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Re: Alternative Style Sheets

From: Markus Ernst <derernst@gmx.ch>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:14:24 +0200
Message-ID: <50784FF0.3060805@gmx.ch>
To: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Am 12.10.2012 18:13 schrieb Dirk Schulze:
> I strongly agree with Antony mentioning accessibility. A lot of websites designed for good accessibility for all users use alternative stylesheets. This is a great use case.

I think that the concept of alternate style sheets is somehow too 
unspecific for this use case. To address it, it would be nice to specify 
a standardized set of style sheet alternatives for the most common 
accessibility needs, such as big font size, high contrast, keyboard-only 
navigation or whatever. They could be identified with special values of 
the @rel attribute. An author who cares about creating e.g. an 
alternative stylesheet with high contrast would link it with 
rel="high-contrast stylesheet" instead of "alternate stylesheet".

This would make it easy for browsers to offer some user interface and 
user preference to choose the needed stylesheet whereever it is available.

At the side of us authors, the fact that we are more likely to bother 
providing alternate style sheets, if we can expect them to be actually 
used, has been mentioned already. Besides that, standardisation would 
make it easier for us to get an idea about what kinds of alternatives 
are needed or make sense.
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