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High contrast options


From: Carol Wheeler
Date: Oct 22, 2008 9:05AM

Our sites (Word Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research) are undergoing a redesign and I was asked to comment on the high contrast, mostly because I am the squeaky wheel. My accessibility expertise is limited to trying to read as much as I can and being on this list.

Am I correct in thinking that the question of dark text/light background v. light text/dark background is more individual to users than accessibility on the whole? (Font scaling is being included in the redesign.)
It has been suggested that the high contrast version eliminates images, I think this is a bad idea--yes?
I also ran across a previous discussion point when searching the archives that including high contrast icons is an important consideration.

Carol E. Wheeler
Web Department
American Institute for Cancer Research
1759 R Street NW
Washington DC 20009
Tel: 202-328-7744
Fax: 202-328-7226