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Re: [cssom] Drop support for alternative stylesheets?

From: Dirk Schulze <dschulze@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:22:18 -0700
To: Zack Weinberg <zackw@panix.com>
CC: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <2E7A9C12-AB65-425B-B7E8-1D835819A85E@adobe.com>

On Aug 29, 2013, at 6:36 PM, Zack Weinberg <zackw@panix.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM, Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net> wrote:
>> On 2013-08-29 11:11 (GMT-0400) Tab Atkins Jr. composed:
>>> its lack can be worked around with relative ease
>> 
>> In my case, there is no ease, if a workaround exists at all. The pages WAD
>> now in browsers that support the function, and won't if all are reduced to
>> lowest common denominator.
> 
> It would probably help the discussion if you could describe what these
> sites use the feature for, and/or provide links so we can see for
> ourselves.

One use case I am aware of is accessibility. You can provide different profiles that the user can choose of. One with bigger fonts, another one with high contrast and mixers of different kind. However, it requires the users action to actively switch the style sheet. And for some one (authors and user) it is not intuitive to get into a menu and search if there are different profiles. Therefore, a solution that web sites need to use at the moment is a preference menu in the web page itself with the use of a bit of JS to make it visible to the user and implementation independent.

0.5% of the scanned website isn't actually a low rate, given that still just a few websites over all websites take needs and preferences of users series.

Greetings,
Dirk

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