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Re: An Accessible method of hiding HTML content


From: Chris Heilmann
Date: Jun 4, 2004 7:11AM

> 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
> well.
> Feel free to correct me, however!

Yes, and Opera also Zooms the whole lot.

However, there are people which have bad eyesight but don't use all of
them, too. So, to be on the safe side, it is better not to use images as
headlines, or give the option to turn that off via a server control.

Chris Heilmann
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