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RE: Notes again

From: Siegman, Tzviya - Hoboken <tsiegman@wiley.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:29:02 +0000
To: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>, "public-digipub-ig@w3.org" <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <89df8f67122641fa9859c8dc26b73327@CAR-WNMBP-006.wiley.com>
Hi Shane,

Looks like a good list.

I’ll add a comment that is kind of step b for item 2 on your list:
It must be possible to locate the content of a note via search (meaning the note is part of the same compilation, not that search is capable of locating the note)
It must be possible to navigate to the reference to a note, no matter how the user arrives at the note (search, link, random scroll)

Item 16 – about users having the ability to override positioning, is perhaps a should, not a must. This gets into an area of personalization/user style sheets that are really nice to have, but I’m not sure that these are baked in requirements.


Tzviya Siegman
Digital Book Standards & Capabilities Lead

From: ahby@aptest.com<mailto:ahby@aptest.com> [mailto:ahby@aptest.com] On Behalf Of Shane McCarron
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:45 PM
To: public-digipub-ig@w3.org<mailto:public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Subject: Notes again

First, please don't let this topic distract you all from your existing important work!

As many of you will remember, I asked this group to provide input/requirements about native support for footnotes / endnotes etc. in HTML5 some time ago (January / Febriary 2015).  As far as I remember or can determine, there was a lot of discussion but no cohesive set of requirements that came out of this.  I know that since then there has been a lot of work on role values and semantics that might help instrument notes in various publications, but (again, as far as I can tell) nothing concrete about how the base markup could be enhanced to support this important feature set.

The HTML A11Y Task Force has a continuing interest in this topic from an A11Y perspective, and of course from a base markup language perspective.  It resurfaced at the meeting this past week, and I set up a Wiki [1] where we can gather requirements and input and see if there is critical mass for an HTML extension.

I am trolling through our old discussions about this to pull in relevant requirements that surfaced.  I will of course give credit when I can determine from whom the requirement originated.  I encourage anyone interested to take a look at the wiki chime in if you have additional thoughts.

[1] https://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/HTML/wiki/Notes

Shane McCarron
Managing Director, Applied Testing and Technology, Inc.
Received on Monday, 23 November 2015 23:29:33 UTC

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