Thread Subject: Web gaps: Low vision concerns such as fontsand point size or image maps
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From: Smith, Jamie
Date: Tue, Feb 27 2007 10:00 PM
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Sorry if I'm bringing up issues already discussed. I am very interested in the web rules and have been looking at discussions on them. I don't see anything specifically addressing the need for issues like font family or point size or image maps to assist with low vision use for folks that use browsers like IE 6 to enlarge text rather than low vision assistive technology like zoomtext or majic.
I feel a standard of some sort may be needed in this area. Why? I've seen some of our state websites using percents set up the standard size as 80%! This is pretty small and enlarging doesn't help. I've seen federal sites using pts that don't enlarge with IE6. I've seen image maps or graphic buttons as the only form of navigation on state websites that don't enlarge and make the page unusable for some low vision users.
This may not be an issue if browsers are going to be standard complaint and allow for more enlargement. Just wanted to mention it in case it is a gap. Currently Florida state workers can't upgrade to IE7 and are required to use IE6 because its human resource application (which is not accessible to assistive technology users) is unusable with IE7.
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