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RE: Current state of the summary discussion

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 02:14:49 +0000 (UTC)
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0912190213370.18262@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Sat, 19 Dec 2009, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> Ian Hickson, Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:29:19 +0000 (UTC):
> > 
> > What would <summary> do?
> 
> 1) It would make the table summary programmatically detectable for AT. 
> According to WCAG 2.0 it is important that the table summary is 
> programmatically detectable.

Isn't that handled adequately by ARIA?


> 2) A <caption> that contains non-caption content is unheard of in HTML 4 
> and in XHTML. <summary> would justify placing non-caption content inside 
> <caption> (since <summary> carries a "not the caption" stamp).

Even in print I've seen tables that include text explaining how to read 
the table, so I think it's justified enough as is.

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