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From a user's point of view though they can just switch browser. Both Jaws and Window Eyes support Firefox with their current versions.
I would hazard a guess that most JAWS users are using version 5.x or 6.x of JAWS at the moment, and you will even find users still on a 4.x version of JAWS.
Besides, no matter how many times you tell people that Firefox is a better browser, they will still want to stick with what they know. So what do you do for the vast majority who don't even know there is an alternative? You can't just say "Well, frankly, on those sites that don't work right in IE, users can just go find another browser." It's not going to happen. Users are more likely to go find another site.
I realise you were joking, but we encounter this attitude all too often from site owners who think the onus is on the user, not realising that if a user has no reason to stay on their site and their site is hard to use, the user will find a different site.
From my point of view I'm willing to help IE users out by sizing my text in em units. And yes, hopefully that'll bring more users away from my competitors sites and towards mine, as I've made the extra effort to be accessible (along with the moral and legal reasons for doing so of course). However it's not good enough for MS to say "it's purely up to the webmaster", and it's also not good enough for Freedom Scientific to price users out of the upgrade market.
This could mostly be solved by a decent open source screenreader of course, but as I understand it Microsoft's accessibility framework is iffy and requires lots of per-application behaviours.
I especially *love* the tiny-light-grey-letters-on-white look that seems to be so stylish these days. What's up with THAT?!
on the subject of IE not resizing fixed font size surely it's not that much more difficult to go to:
tools/internet options/accessiblity/ignore font size...
(which will work on any site ever made anywhere ever)
than it is to go to:
If someone has visibitily issues, would this not be something they would be aware of, as it gives them complete control over text size on any page.
It's not just a matter of serving those who are legally blind. There are a lot of people (like those over 40 who refuse to get reading glasses) who have trouble reading small print.
So if your readership is young and tech savy I suppose teeney fonts aren't a problem.