[Wsuug] New Web Page
kcwalker at inkworkswell.com
Thu Feb 18 19:08:52 EST 2010
out of curiosity, where do people stand on the issue of Web Standards as
being about giving the user maximum control? I think it's crucial, but I
suppose there's a good debate to be had.
For example, at work, a colleague (who is, I think, on the list) has done a
couple of presentations on flexible, fluid, and elastic design. One
argument is that fixed-width design gives the user the most control.
If you take this position, then using background images to convey meaning,
then you're not giving the user maximum control.
In this interview, Russ Weakley indicates that he's come to think of
designing for the web as about giving users control:
"So, I had to unlearn the "total control" mentality and accept that users
may view my sites in a variety of browsers and devices, with different
monitor sizes, font sizes, colour settings, platforms and operating
systems. I also had to accept that users had the right to control aspects
of the layout - particularly font sizing."
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