Leading by example

An interesting feature of Judy Brewer’s Overview of the Web Accessibility Initiative is that on one slide it suggests that you can change the font size using the browser or by using a widget at the top of the page. Well, the widget works fine - and doesn’t require scripting or anything of that sort. But in Internet Explorer on the PC, I cannot change the size of the font. Now, you could argue that with the provision of the widget, that has taken care of the font issue. However, given that these slides are very basic in design, there seems no overriding need to fix the font at specific pixel sizes - but this is what has been done:

body {
background: #fff;
color: #000;
font-size: 24px; 
margin-left: 4%;
margin-right: 2%

Surely the slides should have been built such that the fonts are scalable - down as well as up? I personally wanted to shrink it down a touch but was unable to unless I disabled the style sheet. I am a great believer in leading by example, so come on Judy, what gives?

Filed under: Accessibility
Posted by Ian on Sunday, December 8, 2002

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