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Re: Alternative Style Sheets

From: Antony Kennedy <antony@silversquid.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:41:52 +0100
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Cc: "www-style@gtalbot.org" <www-style@gtalbot.org>, Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
To: Markus Ernst <derernst@gmx.ch>
More than that, there is no colour scheme that will satisfy all requirements. Even if you follow WCAG guidelines. 

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On 13 Oct 2012, at 10:29, Markus Ernst <derernst@gmx.ch> wrote:

> Am 12.10.2012 22:20 schrieb "Gérard Talbot":
>> Le Ven 12 octobre 2012 13:14, Markus Ernst a écrit :
>>> 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.
>> I do not agree. Any webpage can be styled to honor the preferred font-size
>> of the user. The font size should ideally be left to the user to decide.
>> So web authors shouldn't set it in webpage. Several people have explained
>> this before. Felix Miata, Stephen Poley, Oliver Reichenstein, etc
> [...]
>> My position is: by default, the persistent, the preferred and the
>> alternate [1] stylesheets should always respect and honor the user's
>> font-size as set in his UA and they should always have sufficient,
>> effective color contrast promoting readability/legibility.
> You state that accessibility is not a use case for alternate style sheets, because accessibility should be the base of every design. In an ideal world I would agree. But in reality, authors are most often not free to apply perfectly accessible designs. We have to stick to CD guidelines, or even get fully elaborated page designs from Graphic Designers that we have to implement.
> In these cases alternate stylesheets could be of help, but only (or at least much better) if their purpose would be identifiable by the browser, which would be possible with a specified set of accessibility style sheets.
> Let me give you an example. My favorite football club recently redesigned their website. It's awful: http://www.fcz.ch - they seemed to try hard to make it look "hip hop" resp. "urban", as they expect this to be what the fans like. I doubt that there was any chance for the web designer to change the design towards more accessibility. But if (s)he could have suggested one or two alternate style sheets that respect accessibility needs, I am sure (s)he would have got the budget to write them.
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