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Re: summary="" in HTML5 ISSUE-32

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 22:36:37 +0000 (UTC)
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI Protocols & Formats <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0902262230030.8214@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 26 Feb 2009, Steven Faulkner wrote:
>
> Hi Ian, this data offers no clue to summary attribute usage apart from 
> http://code.google.com/webstats/2005-12/tables.html, which shows that 
> summary is seldom used in relation to other table attributes.
> 
> Is there something I am missing in the data?

The 2005-12 Google survey didn't cover summary="" values.

My point was that data the proportions for things that _were_ covered have 
had very similar results in Philip's data and the Google data. This 
indicates that despite the data sets being unrelated and obtained in 
radically different ways, the conclusions one can draw from one set are 
similar to the conclusions one can draw the other.

For example, if one were surveying ice cream, and one survey said that 30% 
of ice cream vendors had cones and 50% of ice cream vendors had lemon, and 
another survey said that 31% of vendors had cones, and 49% of vendors had 
lemon, then it is likely that if the second survey said that 40% of 
vendors had apples, that about 40% of the vendors surveyed in the first 
survey also had apples.

Basically I'm just saying that Philip's data seems accurate to me, and 
that his summary values data is IMHO likely to be representative.

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