[WSG] Tag clouds spit /

2006-03-13 Thread Jude Robinson

Leaving aside arguments about whether or not tag clouds are the new
mullets (http://www.zeldman.com/daily/0405d.shtml), I've been
pondering how to make one that is accessible, given the questionable
accessibility of most of the ones out there.

Tag clouds suffer from a number of problems, the biggest one being that
they rely on style to provide meaning - shade (or colour) and
font-size are used to provide information about frequency and freshness.
This is obviously *bad* as it does not account for non-CSS user
agents.

There are problems even for users of CSS supporting user agents - whilst 
it is easy to infer some meaning from the size of text (ie: bigger = 
more frequent), it is not easy in this case to infer meaning from a 
change in colour (which equals more fresh: red or blue?)


Wah wah wah. Check out this (very) basic demo (content borrowed from 
http://www.connotea.org/): http://www.dotcode.com/accessible_tag_cloud.html


Presenting it in a table is as far as I'm aware the only accessible way 
to do it, as using the title attribute or enclosing the information in 
the link text itself (then hiding it using CSS) both have serious drawbacks.


Which means there are (surprisingly) problems for IE.

Thoughts? Mild agreement? Sly refutations?

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Re: [WSG] TARGET in 4.01 Strict

2006-02-15 Thread Jude Robinson

Lachlan Hunt wrote:


There are no valid use-cases or reasons 
for opening a popup window


Well...there's *one*: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/open_new_windows.html

...but only one :)

Mark Pilgrim wrote a concise little page about popups a few years ago: 
http://tinyurl.com/4c5n8


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Re: [WSG] Target sued over non-accessible site

2006-02-13 Thread Jude Robinson

Stuart Sherwood wrote:


Any such aberration of 
'rights' that necessarily violates the legitimate rights of others is 
destructive to our liberty.


True when the others are people. But we're discussing a scenario where 
the other is a company, and that scenario has radically different 
requirements for the defense of individual liberty.


Only companies/institutions are required to comply with accessibility 
legislation (in the UK, and US as far as I'm aware). Accessibility 
legislation does not require individuals to comply with it, rightly so.


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Re: [WSG] Check boxes ticked (UK Law)

2006-01-30 Thread Jude Robinson

Paul Collins wrote:
 
Could anyone tell me if I'm right or wrong and if possible give me some 
credible links to back this up?


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/01/26/prior_consent_does_not_mean/

Kind of right, kind of wrong :)

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