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By glazou on Monday 2 February 2004, 16:44 - Microsoftisms
Look at the section titles on GetTheFacts.com... They're made with images!!!! Don't even try to validate the page:-) Hey Tantek, seriously, you work for these people?
le plus marrant est le code source, mélange de XHTML (voir les barres obliques en fin de balises meta et link) et de HTML ancienne soupe sans doctype et avec des balises en majuscules. Bref ce qu'il y a de pire en matiere de Tag-Soup. Mais cette page s'adresse aux décideurs qui s'interessent à la rentabilité apparente et qui n'ont que faire des codes sources. MS l'a bien compris.
Nothing new with that. People have been doing that for years because there is no way to get smooth anti-aliasing on the text... expecially on linux. It was probably someone from print who made the pages.
Eh?! Linux has lovely anti-aliasing now and has for some time.
Uh, is the antialiasing under linux really that much worse than under windows? zeus.jesus.cam.ac.uk/~jg3... shows fonts of about the same size as the MS site (remember you don't want the image to be shrunk to the window size). I know that linux fonts *used* to be awful, but I'm not at all sure that's still true.
In any case, there is really very little need to replace very plain blocks of text with graphics. At least they have decent alt text I suppose. On the other hand, one could argue that the substansive content of the site is non-existent so no alt text is neccesary...
LindowsOS has an xft-enabled build of mozilla, and Nvu enables it too. Antialiased fonts are nice and readable, no problem. It's faaaaar from what it used to be.
In fact, Xft will often render things nicer than Windows (assuming you like AA text), since Windows unconditionally disables anti-aliasing for fonts at certain sizes (between 6 and 10 points for most founts).
Juste pour info, je me permet d'indiquer un (de mes) billet(s) qui parle du site de Microsoft concernant l'accessibilité : www.dyingculture.net/blog...
A mourir de rire ce site.
I went to www.disruptive-innovation... before I saw this post, and I couldn't help but notice the lack of an alt attribute on the equation image... Hey Daniel, seriously, you work for these people?
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