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[Bug 18438] The Table summary attribute

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Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:06:13 +0000
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--- Comment #4 from Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com> 2012-09-07 20:06:13 UTC ---
> @Devarshi
> The user agent (the screen reader) still supports the attribute, that is why it
> will still work even with a HTML5 !DOCTYPE. It won't be valid HTML5 however,
> but that may not be an issue for you if you want to support a particular kind
> of user experience, so I say 'Go for it!'

Will it help reinstating summary since it is easier to convince developers who
are likely to use it but cannot because they want valid html5? I think the
problem stems from its ill-advised use rather than due to the attribute itself.

> >aria-describedby or similar alternatives, in my view, may not be as robust as
> >the table summary.

> They are excellent alternatives, and indeed the future. However, @summary is
> 'hidden' by nature and aria-describedby will only point to an in page
> description and not a description in another URI. 

Granted ARIA is the future, but when used to substitute the summary attribute,
it helps blind / low vision users.

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