---- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
sullen - 11:14 am on Dec 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
you're excited about this?
imo it's just as pointless as the last one. eg:
1.4.8 Visual Presentation: For the visual presentation of blocks of text, a mechanism is available to achieve the following: (Level AAA)
Foreground and background colors can be selected by the user.
Width is no more than 80 characters or glyphs (40 if CJK).
Text is not justified (aligned to both the left and the right margins).
Line spacing (leading) is at least space-and-a-half within paragraphs, and paragraph spacing is at least 1.5 times larger than the line spacing.
Text can be resized without assistive technology up to 200 percent in a way that does not require the user to scroll horizontally to read a line of text on a full-screen window.
what? a mechanism must be available. so a site can be in 9pt text, but as long as it has a button somewhere for larger text, which the user may or may not be able to find, it's AAA? That's ridiculous. "mechanisms" aren't accessible.
and as for the 80 characters thing....
I think they should have simplified it. more sites would be accessible if they removed some of the pointless guidelines (why shouldn'y you be able to use spacer images without alt tags for example?). If it was easier to meet the guidelines, more webmasters would try and the web in general would be more accessible.