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Re: Breaking Dependencies - @summary (FW: Call for Review: German WCAG 2.0 Candidate Authorized Translation)

From: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2009 19:25:03 +0000
Message-ID: <20090804192503.feikm3vt1s8k0cg4@staff.opera.com>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Cc: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>, "'HTML WG'" <public-html@w3.org>
Quoting Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>:

> The way I would like to look at this is that if you or anybody else is
> proposing to make summary obsolete, you take on the whole task and not
> leave half of it undone.  What concerns me most is the attitude that
> "we" will mark it obsolete and everything else...?  *shrug*  That's
> "their" problem.

I think this is a very unfair characterization of the situation. The  
HTML 5 specification currently lists five different techniques for  
including content of the type that in HTML4 documents was expected to  
be included in the summary attribute. Which of these techniques is  
most appropriate depends on the details of the information the author  
is providing.

If your concern is that the HTML Techniques section of the Techniques  
for WCAG 2.0 [1] has not yet had techniques updated to reflect the  
change in the state of the art in HTML5 then I think the order of  
priorities is wrong, at least in the normal course of things; working  
with WAI to update WCAG Techniques could happen during the Last Call  
period. However given the immense amount if attention this issue has  
received I am happy to work on this earlier if it will help resolve  
the situation (I see Maciej has already volunteered to work in this  
area but I can do so if he finds he doesn't have the bandwidth or  

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG-TECHS/
Received on Tuesday, 4 August 2009 19:31:06 UTC

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