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3:11 Do Not Require Style Sheets

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 3 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 1 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

Accessibility


Guideline:

Organize documents so they are readable without requiring an associated style sheet.


Comments:

Style sheets are commonly used to control Web page layout and appearance. Style sheets should not hamper the ability of assistive devices to read and logically portray information.


Sources:

  • Regardless of the ‘Relative Importance’ rating assigned by the reviewers, U.S. Federal Web sites must adhere to all Section 508 guidelines (see Guideline 3:1).

  • United States Government, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended in 1998), Section 508. Retrieved November 2005, from http://www.section508.gov/.