[whatwg] Fallback styles for legacy user agents [was: Re: Deprecating <small> , <b> ?]
bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Sun Nov 30 06:21:55 PST 2008
> in the case of aural css, the screen reader user agents have clearly
> reviewed the mistakes of prior features and i congratulate them on
> their decision not to invest in this area.
Note that some screen readers (for example Emacspeak and Orca, IIRC) do
use a subset of speech CSS internally.
The core arguments against allowing authors to specify speech CSS are
also applicable to allowing authors to specify visual CSS. For example,
visual CSS can seriously mess with the user experience of people with
poor eyesight or learning disabilities, who are hardly insubstantial
As long as the principle is preserved that publisher CSS is not required
to consume documents and use applications, I don't see any strong enough
reason to prohibit styling. Ultimately, a user agent or user can always
reject presentational fluff.
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