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Re: Infographic: Web Accessibility for Designers


From: Jared Smith
Date: Aug 30, 2011 2:33PM

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:14 PM, John E Brandt < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> This one was a little "vague"...
> <Remember Line Length - Don't make it too long or too short.>
> It sounds like an old joke. What exactly is "line length?" And what is too
> long and too short?

This is one of those "you know it when you see it" things. Defining a
character limit per line isn't very friendly because the readability
of the lines of text can vary greatly based on the font face used.
I've seen maximum number recommendations that range from 50 characters
to 100 characters. Quite a range! WCAG 2.0 Draft documentation at one
time recommended 100 characters, but this issue is no longer addressed
by WCAG.

The point is to consider it. Designers aren't likely to count
characters anyway - if it looks too long or too short, it probably is.

> I expect the template maker turned it off
> in the CSS somewhere - those rascals - why would you do that? Now the
> challenge will be to find it and fix it. Ugh.

This is caused by the inclusion of outline:0 or ouline:none styles
applied to links. It should be an easy fix in the CSS - just remove
this style definition. It will have no impact on layout in any modern
browser. More details at http://webaim.org/blog/plague-of-outline-0/

> Wondering if your designer could create a version that would print nicely on
> 8.5 x 11 paper or other standard paper size.

Yes, we'll certainly consider this.