WCAG: Relative and Absolute Units

WCAG Accessibility Checkpoints

The WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 1.0, Priority 2 Checkpoint 3.4, states that you should:

Use relative rather than absolute units in markup language attribute values and style sheet property values

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Originally I thought this meant that anywhere a font size, width or height was mentioned I only had the option of use ems or percentages. Then this seemed to be saying to me to design all sites using a liquid layout, which was strange as people were always saying that the guidelines do not dictate design. Continue reading

The Speakers – @media2005

I have already given my account of the conference as a whole and thought I would write a bit more on some of the speakers and what I learnt from them. Continue reading

My First Conference – @media2005

I had mixed emotions as the days got nearer to @media. I knew that I would enjoy each of the presentations and that I would come away knowing more than before, but because I am not much of a mingler I was worried that I would be sat on my own for the coffee breaks and that there would be empty seats around me during the presentations. How wrong could I be? Continue reading

@media 2005

Web Standards & Accessibility: June 9th-10th

The company I work for finally granted me permission to go to my first ever conference, with about 6 hours to spare for their ‘early-bird’ discount, and I really can’t wait.

It will be a chance to see the celebrities, of their genre, in the flesh instead of reading their words on a website. Everything that I’ve learnt about web standards, accessibility and css has been from reading various tutorials, web logs and reference pages from the web. I’ve longed to have some actual face-to-face education rather than the painstaking trial and error of learning from online examples. I realise it won’t be the class setting I want, but it’s a start. Continue reading