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Re: An Accessible method of hiding HTML content


From: Tim Beadle
Date: Jun 4, 2004 7:04AM

On Fri, Jun 04, 2004 at 01:54:35PM +0100, victoria.hamill wrote:
> This article is very interesting, and offers some great ideas - I've passed
> it on to each of our developers to learn from it.
> However, the reason I fight our designers whenever they want to use images
> for titles or other textual elements is that if a short-sighted user is
> enlarging the text on the screen, these obviously can't be enlarged.
> I thought that this was at least as significant a problem as the semantic
> accuracy of the page, as accessibility is not just about screen readers,
> and so I generally rule them out completely - unless they are pretty big
> text to begin with, which form labels etc. don't tend to be. As no-one else
> has made a comment along these lines, I'm wondering if I'm missing
> something??

I don't know for sure, but I think I heard that the ability to resize text
using browser controls, and the avoidance of text-as-images, is a bit of a
red herring because people who are hard of sight would be more likely to use
screen magnification software, which zooms in on the page like a magnifying
glass. Thus text set in pixels (in IE) and text-as-images would be enlarged as

Feel free to correct me, however!

"Internet Explorer is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're
gonna get." -- Sjors