Chapter 5. Creating a More Complex Design with Elastic Layouts

AS WEB DESIGNERS and developers, we generally have a lot of smart and professional reasons for building a site the way we do. We position and size page elements to direct the focus of users, making it easy for them to find what we want them to see and to do what we want them to do. We carefully design and develop what we plan to be an enjoyable, engaging experience for our audience—and a profitable one for our client.

But let’s pause for a moment and consider the situation for some of our site visitors: in particular, those with low vision. We’re not talking about blind people, but rather those with trouble viewing text comfortably at default font sizes. This includes a large percentage ...

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