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Re: question about the draft:

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 00:31:30 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0808050029510.13029@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Mon, 4 Aug 2008, Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> > I don't think we have an appropriate HTML element that could be used 
> > just for this purpose, but I'm certainly open to suggestions.
> Somewhat confused.  In another thread [1], you have been asserting that 
> <DIV class="..."> or <SPAN class="..."> are all that are required for 
> decentralised extensibility.

Right, that's exactly what the spec is doing here.

> If this assertion is true, why do you need "an appropriate HTML element" 
> when you can create a nonce-element using the very techniques you have 
> proposed ?

A "nonce-element" doesn't help screen readers. Screen readers only know 
real HTML elements, they don't know about the inventions of the author. 
Extensibility solutions don't help accessibility.

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