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Re: good example of contrast widget?


From: Jared Smith
Date: Apr 5, 2007 3:50PM

On 4/5/07, Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> Why? We're worried about computer illiterate users, but trust them to
> understand cryptic icons that compete with the rest of a page's layout
> and design?

This all reminds me of a graphic I created a while back -

To provide a text alternative - it shows a basic web page with a logo,
a few navigation items, and a *HUGE* section for "Accessibility
Options". Within it are options for skipping to four different places
on the page, eight options for font size, three options for contrast
settings, four colorful style sheet options (including ZOOM), an
option to define Accesskeys, a link to a text-only version, and an
accessibility statement. At the bottom of the page are badges that
proudly declare the site to be HTML, CSS, WAI, Section 508, and Bobby
compliant. Hidden amongst all of this clutter is some very tiny text
which reads, "Hey, I'm the content!"

It's all tongue in cheek, the point being that when you burden your
users with implementing accessibility (or overbearingly saying that
you have done so), then it's ultimately your content that suffers.