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Re: stylesheet changers (WAS Font Resizers (WAS RE: back totop)


From: Sam
Date: Jan 17, 2006 3:45PM


I was taught that having stark white background was a no-no. So, if
we're talking about coding to suit users then don't we simply avoid it
(rather than provide an alternative)?

Would you be happy with black text on an off-white background (rather
than white on black)?

Out of interest, how off-white does it have to be and are we talking
grey or some other colour?

Sam Calder (first ever reply - lurking for the last 3 months or so!)

PS. I like the idea of different style sheets conceptually but I see
them as a bit of a gimic (like skins) rather than an accessibilty
issue (not saying they're not). I hate the idea from a coding

On 1/17/06, Penny Roberts < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Patrick H. Lauke wrote:
> > Penny Roberts wrote:
> >
> >> Patrick Lauke wrote:
> >>
> >>> a "zoom text" stylesheet with very large fonts
> >>
> >>
> >> Ah now stylesheet changer widgets... as a user I just *love* them. I
> >> suffer from dry eye syndrome and white backgrounds are too bright
> >> (imagine that your eyes are spot welded to the screen). I don't want
> >> to override the author's styles completely; I just need an occasional
> >> change from black on bright white (I actually find white text on a
> >> black background far easier to use).
> >> I used to regularly go to view>page style but there's rarely an
> >> alternative so I gave up looking. Having a style changer on the page
> >> is great because it alerts me to the fact that there are other styles
> >> available.
> >>
> >> Penny (opening a new can of worms... )
> >
> >
> > Ok, let's empty this new can of worms then. In your situation then,
> > what's better: asking each and every developer to incorporate a style
> > sheet switching mechanism (with its own site specific idiosyncrasies,
> > choices of styles, etc), or to ask browser developers to fix this issue
> > at its root and allow for far more granular, and far more readily
> > accessible and obvious, control over how content is presented?
> The latter of course (as with the text resizers); but until that happens
> I really like having the visual affirmation that there is an alternative
> style available. Once it does happen it would be really good if the
> button/icon/widget in the browser also alerted the user to such
> availability. Another one to add to the browser wish-list, but I'm not
> going to hold my breath.
> I think I've opened enough worm cans for now. I haven't been in since
> last Wednesday and came in today to over 60 e-mails in my WebAIM folder!
> It's been a good discussion though.
> Penny