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Letters to the World

05-Sep-2002

Does that make me any more extroverted?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:42 pm

Wow. I seem to have somehow managed to Googlebomb the phrase introvert blog. Never did I think that would actually happen…

Accessibility gone horribly wrong

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 11:22 pm

I just realized something incredibly odd about the layout of one part of my residence hall.

Y’see, certain rooms on the first floor are designated as handicapped-accessible, meaning that not only do they have the necessary amenities for the physically disabled within, they also have doors which will automatically open once unlocked. Makes perfect sense so far, right?

However, there’s one corridor which is only accessible by going down three steps from the front entrance or climbing a flight of stairs to get to the back entrance.

And what’s at the end of that hall? You guessed it. A handicapped-accessible room.

I’d like to know what they were thinking when they designed that. Maybe the three steps down were supposed to have originally been a ramp? Or maybe there’s a temporary ramp which can be used to cover the steps depending upon that room’s occupant? Who knows…

Size does matter…at least for fonts

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 5:58 pm

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve fiddled a bit with the font sizing on my weblog (and linked to an external style sheet in the process). But why?

In short, Internet Explorer and a number of other browsers will not resize text to users’ preferences when font sizes have been explicitly specified by a site designer. (Mozilla, naturally, does not exhibit this behavior.) Suffice it to say, this often leads to issues of inaccessibility. Ever tried to zoom in on a page whose content was entirely in 8-point type and found that your size settings had no effect? That’s the exact reason I’ve tweaked my style sheet.

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