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Re: Books on making websites accessible?


From: Paul Remy
Date: Apr 18, 2008 2:20PM

Hi, Karl,

Thanks for the information. Do you know of any books about how to design
Jello Mold style websites? I am a novice at using CSS. I've read
"Bulletproof Web Design." Should I read "CSS Mastery" or "Pro CSS
Techniques" too?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Groves" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "'WebAIM Discussion List'" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 12:51 PM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Books on making websites accessible?

>> I think something like the Jello Mold
>> (http://positioniseverything.net/articles/jello.html) approach that
>> WebAIM uses is better - the page width adjusts based upon viewport
>> size, but has both minimum and maximum widths to accommodate
>> readability (not so narrow that things break and not so wide that it's
>> difficult to read long lines of text).
> Not to totally derail this thread, but I'd like to point out that the
> belief
> that long lines of text is bad is rather unfounded. I've read a number of
> usability studies which have come to the conclusion that reading
> performance
> (speed and accuracy) does not differ significantly between line
> lengths[1].
> Some studies indicate there is a preference difference but I'm not
> convinced
> that's significant enough evidence to avoid long lines of text because by
> shortening lines of text you also run into issues with content being
> pushed
> below the fold. In my experience observing users in the lab, having
> important content placed below the fold is far more likely to cause
> information to go unnoticed by users.
> 1 - http://hubel.sfasu.edu/research/textmargin.html is just one of maybe 8
> studies I know of.
> Karl Groves