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Re: Interesting cause: http://contrastrebellion.com


From: Jim Allan
Date: Jul 28, 2011 10:24AM

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 9:42 AM, Jared Smith < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 12:36 AM, John Foliot < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> I long ago saw an actual study result that showed that slightly lower
>> contrast actually helped with some dyslexic users.

> I'm not arguing that these users should be ignored because they might
> be few in number, but I am suggesting that the burden here should
> probably be on the end user, who can relatively easily decrease
> contrast. On my Mac, I can tap the contrast button down a couple
> times. Increasing or reversing contrast, on the other hand, is a bit
> more difficult.

I agree, Jared. The user must have some responsibility. Changes they
make to their browser or OS or display setting effect every webpage.
Though the same could be said for font sizes (browsers and OS have
this capability), yet the widget for changing font sizes has
proliferated. It is a slippery slope. Where do we require that user
know how to use their tools? Changing fontsize is ok, but changing
contrast is burdensome. Though I have seen widgets to change the
foreground/background color on a limited basis.

Jim Allan, Accessibility Coordinator & Webmaster
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9264  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
"We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us." McLuhan, 1964