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RE: relative sizes


From: Paul Bohman
Date: Sep 9, 2002 4:46PM

There is no mention of relative sizing in the Section 508 guidelines
(see http://www.webaim.org/standards/508/checklist).

Relative sizing for layout and fonts is still something that I
recommend. You want to make your designs as "enlargeable" and
"compactable" as possible, to benefit those with low vision who need the
large text, and configurable layout.

Paul Bohman
Technology Coordinator
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University

-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Trott [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2002 3:24 PM
Subject: relative sizes

Hi. A response to an earlier posting of mine got me thinking about 508
and the differences between its accessibility rules and those of Bobby.
I did not see any requirements that relative positioning be used instead
of absolute positioning in 508. Did I just miss it? Bobby seems to
make a big deal of positioning and I'm wondering if relative is, in
fact, the way to go for accessibility.

I think relative positioning looks better in general and is certainly
not any harder to implement so I will use it anyway, bu