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Re: Vertical text


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Feb 8, 2021 12:52PM

On 08/02/2021 18:09, James Buller wrote:
> Is there anything new on this?
> I've seen a couple of things with angled/slanted or even vertical text but not had any formal basis to object.
> They have tended to be on diagrams or posters.
> Any thoughts on acceptable maximums?
> How would one go about proposing it? Its similar in concept to WCAG 1.3.4: Orientation

If done via CSS, it could be overridden by users, the same way that
users can override text spacing that's too small/narrow (of course, the
technical knowledge required for this is non-trivial, but the concept's
the same).

I'd be quite careful proposing that WCAG should start messing even
further with trying to restrict visual styling possibilities...otherwise
you'll get to a point where designers/developers will just try to ignore
WCAG unless they're absolutely forced to follow it.

A softer approach of a best practice/suggestion/whitepaper would, to me,
be better than trying to crowbar in a "you're not allowed to have text
perpendicular to the regular reading orientation" or something.

Patrick H. Lauke

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