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Re: Edit/Delete admin area


From: Michael D. Roush
Date: Mar 18, 2005 12:57PM

cdwise wrote:
> While we are at it, why the tiny text in HTML emails? Impossible to read on
> my system so I haven't been following this thread.

I don't mean to chide, but this is a good example of why accessibility
will always be behind 'mainstream' technology. Depending on one's
chosen e-mail application, increasing a font size in a received e-mail
is as simple as clicking a menu item and choosing larger text, or a
keystroke, or a combination-keypress-and-mouse-action. But, passing on
the content is happening - because the material did not arrive at the
user's computer in a form where it was easy to read.

I did much the same thing with the first tiny font e-mail I got on this
thread.... I just skipped over it and went back later after I had read
everything else I got in that bunch. However, I think the lesson for
designers still stands.... 'making accessible' is one thing, making code
that really accomplishes what you are trying to do is sometimes quite
another, and something that cannot be controlled because it involves
choices on the part of the user.

Michael R.