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Re: summarization information delivery options: attribute or element

From: Bruce Lawson <brucel@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:16:38 -0000
To: "Gez Lemon" <g.lemon@webprofession.com>, "John Foliot" <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Cc: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, public-html-a11y@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.u8qb50c0h8on37@bruce-pc>
On Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:40:09 -0000, Gez Lemon <g.lemon@webprofession.com>  
wrote:

>
> If we're talking about a long description for a data table, then I
> agree. It should be available for everyone, provided in rich markup
> and nothing new is required to do that. My concern is that people who
> cannot see the data table visually will be left out, which obviously
> doesn't help the people the summary attribute was originally intended
> for.
[...]
> Ultimately, I think our different points of view are based around
> whether the summary should provide a concise overview of the
> structure, or whether it's a long description for the data table. I'm
> of the opinion it's the former, and respect that you and many others
> are of the opinion that it's the latter.

Hi Gez

Thanks for the clear explication of the different issues. I agree with  
your analysis. I've long believed that summary attribute is unnecessary:  
if a blind person needs a heads-up of the structure of a table, why would  
we not give that to a person with cognitive problems, too?

But I'm intrigued by your statement that "summary should provide a concise  
overview of the structure" as opposed to  "a long description for the data  
table". I'd find it very helpful to see some examples of a summary that  
is  a concise overview rather than an long description, as I'm  
imagination-challenged and the two seem to be synonymous.

Do you have any examples from your travels that spring to mind?

b


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