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Now sure how to respond to the ally TF response

From: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 18:40:11 -0500
Message-ID: <y2j643cc0271004201640scc750e44i1ffca7847ad2f12@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
I noticed the HTML Accessibility TF passed some form of resolution[1]
against several of my change proposals.

I'm disappointed that the group didn't take an opportunity to review
each proposal independently, and disappointed that the HTML WG
co-chairs aided and encouraged the group in this action.

I'm also surprised, because with at least three of these items, the
accessibility task force had no interest in either the bug or the
issue. At least, not until suddely they decided that they could not
live without these elements, after all. Even then, I don't
specifically know why, other than members of the group quoting
something from 2007.

Some members of the accessibility task force group did question how
these issues were handled by the group. I appreciate those who comment
on the irregular handling.

Now, I'm not sure how to respond to the group's actions. They're not
providing a counter-proposal. All the group is providing is an email
with the following paragraph:

"RATIONALE: The F2F believes these elements are actually useful for
accessibility. We note that features similar to the elements in question
are today created using elements with different semantics actuated by
style and script, whereas we prefer native elements."

By any stretch of the imagination, this isn't proper form. For being
determined to keep the elements, the group seems to have little to say
in their defense. Other than, "We like them. We want them. Built-in
elements, good."

I'm still waiting for formal counter-proposals so I can respond with
final edits on my change proposals, including responses. I don't
consider this an effective counter-proposal. I guess I'll see if there
are any others by May 6th.

My group membership agreement ends the 11th. I'm assuming I can still
make edits if need be after the 11th.

Shelley

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0183.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Apr/0131.html
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