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Re: Scalable vs Responsive


From: Jonathan Avila
Date: Jun 26, 2019 8:26PM

Hi Julie, from a WCAG 2.1 perspective you will want to make sure that web content can be used at 320CSS pixel width without horizontal scrolling required to read blocks of text. Also WCAG 2.1 requires that text spacing can be increased. Generally this is best meet by fluid design. Responsive design breakpoints that used absolute values could met the requirements as well if the design allowed for enough flexibility and breakpoints to support 320CSS pixel viewport widths and had enough padding and flexibly to support text spacing increments. So -- it is possible to use a number of techniques to meet the requirement -- but generally a fluid design that is responsive will work better at different zoom levels and also be less likely to introduce horizontal scrollbars are different viewport widths and zoom levels.


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Hello Everyone,

There has been some discussion at our university about whether web-based training (created in Adobe Captivate; trainings range from Compliance training to software how-to, to informational) should be scalable or responsive. We would love to hear your input as to which method meets accessibility guidelines (and which guidelines those would be), your overall opinions of scalable vs responsive design, and any other thoughts you might have on the subject. As a side note, many of our trainings do require learners to click and interact with content.

Thanks so much for your help!

Julie Szaj | Performance Support Analyst Portfolio & Project Management Office | Washington University in St. Louis
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