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Re: Content in background images


From: deborah.kaplan@suberic.net
Date: May 24, 2011 11:27AM

On Tue, 24 May 2011, Dean Hamack wrote:

> I can only see one reason why users would disable images, and that's if they
> are on a mobile device with a slow connection. And I think that's a really
> rare edge case.

I know multiple users who disable images. Sometimes it's a
disability reason -- visual processing disorders,
non-neurotypicality, or seizure disorders which make the images
a distraction or a trigger. Sometimes it's a slow connection, as
you say. Sometimes it's because they're browsing in a public
place and are worried about what the images will show.

In my experience, it's rare, but not so rare as to not be worth
considering. And like I said, several of those users are
specifically doing it for accessibility purposes.