Thread Subject: Re: WIKI COLOR
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From: Bailey Bruce
Date: Tue, Oct 24 2006 8:35 AM
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> Can we fix the WIKI so that pages that don't exist yet have a text or
other marking besides just being RED
Jared, how about adding font-style:oblique to a.new in main.css (line
83) as quick fix? (I was a little surprised that background color was
not specified with color.)
> (and violating our guidelines).
Which guidelines would that be? I presume you mean 508 1194.22(c)?
I respectfully submit that a good argument can be made that Media Wiki
technically satisfies this provision. The information conveyed with
color *is* also available without color from both context (links to
create a new page dialog) and markup (by inspecting the semantic CSS
class name, "new"; or the associated link, which includes "action=edit"
in the href).
Adding the oblique effect doesn't hurt, but it doesn't much help screen
reader users. I would also like to point out that the action of
unintentionally following a create new page link is easily reversed,
merely by using the standard back feature of the web browsers. This
operation is much easier than querying link attributes.
> If we can do this easily can we ALSO pass this up to the Main WIKI
people as a suggestion for accessibility?
That would be quite nice. I suppose the preferred approach would be an
icon that appears as is the case with external links. But the icon is
provided by CSS. Does the current approach for external links provide
an appropriately obvious auditory cue?