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Re: the market hasn't spoken - it hasn't bothered to listened [was Re: fear of "invisible metadata"]

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 10:23:19 +0200
Message-ID: <4684C177.6000304@cam.ac.uk>
To: Gijs Kruitbosch <gijskruitbosch@gmail.com>
CC: 'HTML WG' <public-html@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Gijs Kruitbosch wrote:
>  As Aaron already said, everyone agrees it would be great if we got 
> authors "accessibility for free", but this is only possible if the 
> functionality of these accessible elements is constrained. Authors 
> will always move beyond the boundaries of such constraints, where 
> accessibility isn't for free. They'll want a circular progressbar, or 
> an animated SVG icon while the <video> is loading, or there'll be this 
> one bug in this one large-amount-of-marketshare-browser which stops 
> them from using the builtin element, or...
I believe that XBL provides the long-term solution to this problem. An 
author who wants a circular progress bar puts a <progress> element in 
the source and uses XBL to create a custom widget that works in exactly 
the way they want. This provides the needed semantics to ATs yet allows 
authors to customize the rendering however they like.
Received on Friday, 29 June 2007 08:46:00 UTC

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