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RE: title/alt attribut keyboard accessibility

From: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 23:12:52 -0400
To: "'Laura Carlson'" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "'HTML WG'" <public-html@w3.org>, "'Steve Faulkner'" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, "'W3C WAI-XTECH'" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, 'aurélien levy' <aurelien.levy@free.fr>
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The HTML spec quite often does not tell browsers how to render things, and I do not think it should, either. Simply put, while the Web browser on a desktop/laptop style computer is the most common way people access HTML, the varieties of UAs are limitless. To dictate rendering in HTML is not a good idea. Tooltips, for example, make little sense in Lynx, or on a mobile device that uses a stylus.

J.Ja

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Laura Carlson
> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 7:39 PM
> To: HTML WG; Steve Faulkner; W3C WAI-XTECH; aurélien levy
> Subject: Re: title/alt attribut keyboard accessibility
> 
> Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-
> xtech@w3.org>
> 
> Aurélien Levy wrote [1]:
> 
> >> Is it possible to have something in the spec to say that the way of
> >> rendering the content of the title/alt attribut must be non specific
> to
> >> a certain type of pointing device or is it to the UAAG spec to say
> >> something like that ?
> 
> Ian Hickson wrote [2]:
> 
> > Right now HTML5 doesn't say that user agents should do anything with
> this
> > information. The non-normative rendering section will probably
> suggest
> > current behaviour but hasn't been written yet. (Volunteer editors
> welcome;
> > see the e-mail from earlier today.)
> 
> Related: Steve Faulkner's June 6, 2008 bug report "User Agent display
> of title attribute content not defined":
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=5807
> 
> Best Regards,
> Laura
> 
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-
> html/2008Oct/thread.html#msg131
> [2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-
> html/2008Oct/thread.html#msg134
> 
> --
> Laura L. Carlson
Received on Tuesday, 28 October 2008 03:13:48 UTC

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