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Re: Use and abuse of @summary

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2009 11:37:30 +0000
Message-ID: <55687cf80902230337j430494ebkf7091de7b6456a55@mail.gmail.com>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, "W3C WAI Protocols & Formats" <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>, wai-liaison@w3.org
Hi lachlan, yes I used the summary in this way on prupose, because i figured
that people would look at it and comment on its incorrect use.

regards
steve

2009/2/23 Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>

> Steven Faulkner wrote:
>
>> After last weeks html working group teleconference I undertook a small
>> study
>> myself: summary attribute usage data (
>> http://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/misc/summary.html)
>>
>
> Interestingly, you used the summary attribute on the table in that page:
>
> summary="In the majority of cases summary is used on data tables and used
> correctly"
>
> However, that contains information that would have been useful to me as a
> sighted user too, but which I would have missed if I hadn't looked at the
> source.
>
> It also doesn't seem to fit the description in WCAG2 about how to use the
> summary attribute:
>
> "... to provide a brief overview of how data has been organized into a
>  table or a brief explanation of how to navigate the table."
>
> http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H73.html
>
> So, ironically, I would consider this table itself to be an example of
> incorrect use of the summary attribute.
>
> --
> Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
> http://lachy.id.au/
> http://www.opera.com/
>



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Steve Faulkner
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