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Re: Please put in interim text for the ISSUE-204 statement about exposing semantics of hidden content

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:56 -0700
Cc: 'Jonas Sicking' <jonas@sicking.cc>, 'Edward O'Connor' <eoconnor@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-id: <E5498483-87C0-4C73-A6EC-64854E7E32AF@apple.com>
To: John Foliot <john@foliot.ca>

On Sep 12, 2012, at 3:06 PM, John Foliot <john@foliot.ca> wrote:

> Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> I think that's a good thought.
> 
> 
>> Jonas Sicking wrote:
>>> 
>>> Could we at least add language saying that this is only applicable
>>> until a sizable portion of UAs have implemented the ability to expose
>>> the full semantic content to users.
>>> 
>>> Otherwise we'll be making poor recommendations, which is exactly what
>>> that sentence is trying to avoid doing.
> 
> 
> Respectfully, that is a really bad idea. 
> 
> One of the most oft cursed phrases of WCAG 1 was "Until user agents ..."
> (http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/wai-pageauth.html#until-user-agents) - here,
> what is sizable, when and who decides, what happens to backward
> compatibility, etc., etc.?
> 
> I would strenuously urge this Working Group to not fall into that trap again
> - it caused significant confusion and consternation prior to the release and
> adoption of WCAG 2.

That example makes me lean even more towards my previous suggestion (which you snipped) - which is to update the spec when and if the future condition we imagine actually occurs.

Regards,
Maciej
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