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Re: ISSUE-95 hidden - Chairs Solicit Proposals

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 18:07:11 -0600
Message-ID: <dd0fbad1001141607i720f837bg4e3cfca281bbfc1c@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Cc: "Edward O'Connor" <hober0@gmail.com>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Thanks from me too, Edward.  I was going to volunteer to write one if
it had become necessary.

Like Jonas, I feel there is great value in @hidden.  My reasoning is
very practictal; I want to be able to maintain the handful of CSS
hacks that *do* hide something from the visual rendering only.  It's
already impossible to use display:none to hide content just from
visual UAs (leaving it for screen readers), as it is used too commonly
to indicate that the element should be hidden entirely, and so
non-visual UAs are forced to also ignore it to be useful to their
users.  The CSS hacks we still have available to us are less
widespread and slightly more work, and the existence of a single,
simple attribute that can handle the "hide this element" role should
hopefully minimize the misuse of those hacks, ensuring they remain
useful for longer.

~TJ
Received on Friday, 15 January 2010 00:08:07 UTC

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