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Re: some thoughts on objections to publishing ""HTML 5 differences from HTML 4"

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 23:46:49 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80706291546j7f2ee506iad1c3e5a66325af2@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: "Dan Connolly" <connolly@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>

Forgive my ignorance, but can you point me to some information about
the "the 80% case" and how this was derived.

On 29/06/07, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Jun 2007, Steven Faulkner wrote:
> >
> > The rationale for dropping the headers,longdesc and summary attributes
> > was presumably formulated by the WHAT WG when the decisions to drop
> > these attributes was made.
> No such decision was ever made. We started with a blank slate, and added
> features based on use cases. The use case "I'm blind and I need to be able
> to tell which headers apply to a data cell somehow" was originally handled
> by just having <th> elements, scope="", and implicit scoping with an
> algorithm, since that seemed to handle the 80% case. It has, since then,
> been suggested that it might not cover enough cases, but that thorough
> research hasn't yet been applied to the specification. None of the use
> cases considered so far resulted in the adoption of longdesc="" and
> summary="", and so far there is no thorough research transcribed to the
> wiki containing use cases suggesting that longdesc="" is useful.
> (The wiki pages for summary="" and headers="" could be improved by
> decoupling the proposals for those attributes from the explanations of the
> problems that the spec doesn't cover, by the way. It's nice to see those
> wiki pages exist, though.)
> --
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with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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Received on Friday, 29 June 2007 22:46:52 UTC

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