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Re: CSS usage


From: Nathalie Sequeira
Date: Nov 5, 2013 12:47AM

Hi Susan,

If you serve up a bareboned HTML page, each browser has default CSS
styles to display it.
That gives you different font sizes for headings, list stylings for
lists, colors and underlines to mark links etc.
So you do have the lining up as well as useful visual cues without any
specific CSS of your own.

There are however a few problems that the default browser styles present
for sighted readers:
- the lines of text will just run straight across the screen, making
them very long and hard to read
- also, usually the default font in browsers often is a serif font,
which is also harder to read for some people.
- if you use tables, sometimes the borders won't be displayed, making it
hard for sighted users to understand table structure.

While you can resolve the first two by setting the width of the body to
something around 30em and the font-family to a sans-serif font,
especially the tables would do well to be styled by a sighted person.


Am 04.11.2013 17:07, schrieb Stanzel, Susan - FSA, Kansas City, MO:
> Hi Listers,
> As a blind person how much CSS should I need. Since this is just for the visual appearance it appears to me a sighted person would be more efficient at this. I am specifically talking about getting things to line up on the page even though the font letters are different sizes.
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