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March 7, 2007

Why is accessibility using CSS important or not important for the current web design project?

I would love to make a blanket statement that CSS is not important in my current web site design project, but that might not be true. Yes, there might be some unfortunate folks out there who are handicapped in some way who also like to visit the BWCA. Okay, fine. For them, we will use CSS in designing this site. The thing is, unless Friends of BWCA decides to hire us to complete the site, those handicapped folks won't ever see a lick of it. Kinda pointless? Perhaps.

Regulate Digital Billboards in Duluth?

I know this controversy probably began with the installation of that digital billboard up on Central Entrance just after the copper top church. Well, it WAS outrageously bright when they first installed it and it was distracting and tacky all at the same time. Complaints prompted the owners to tone it down, thank goodness. I drive by it now and barely notice it unless I want to see what it says -- that's the way it should be I think.

Future billboard owners might not be so civic minded, so I guess there has to be regulations in place for those idiots who don't care how annoying their billboard is.

What is a good font for web/interactive design?

My personal favorite font for web site BODY TEXT is 12 pt. Verdana (80% black) just because it doesn't look so honking round like Arial. Not that I use Verdana for anything else I design; it's just that you really have to choose one of the universal fonts found on the majority of computers. The secondary font (within CSS) that I choose is Helvetica, I think.

I don't mind serif fonts in larger (headline) sizes, even though I have heard they can be more difficult to read. At larger sizes, I don't think that's much of an issue.