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Re: Keyboard access gap in SVG 1.1

From: Erik Dahlstrom <ed@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:06:26 +0200
To: "Richard Schwerdtfeger" <schwer@us.ibm.com>, "Doug Schepers" <schepers@w3.org>
Cc: jbrewer@w3.org, w3c-wai-pf@w3.org, public-svg-wg@w3.org, faulkner.steve@gmail.com
Message-ID: <op.v2ts80rfgeuyw5@localhost.localdomain>
Opera has had support for the 'focusable' attribute for quite some  
time[1]. IE9 also claims to supports it[2].

[1] http://www.opera.com/docs/specs/opera95/
[2] http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff974378(v=vs.85).aspx#_svg

On Mon, 03 Oct 2011 18:39:07 +0200, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org> wrote:

> Hi, Rich-
> SVG 1.1 predates SVG Tiny 1.2, where the 'focusable' property was  
> introduced, along with many other useful features.
> The recent SVG 1.1 Second Edition is simply an update of SVG 1.1 which  
> incorporates errata to fix ambiguities and mistakes in the spec.
> Our understanding of the W3C Process was that you should not add new  
> features, because this invalidates the conformance of existing  
> implementations.  As tempted as we were, we resisted the urge to add  
> features, including 'focusable'.
> Instead, we will be adding specific features to SVG 2, which we have now  
> begun work on.  Whether 'focusable' specifically is added is not yet  
> clear... we may favor something that is derived from HTML5, so it's more  
> intuitive for authors who already know HTML5.
> In the meantime, nothing stops implementations from adding support for  
> desirable SVG Tiny 1.2 features like 'focusable' (I think Opera already  
> has it), and you can file bugs today on implementations for those  
> specific features.
> Regards-
> -Doug
> On 10/3/11 9:53 AM, Richard Schwerdtfeger wrote:
>> Doug, SVG working group members,
>> Steve Faulkner and I were looking at SVG the other day as I had a
>> product team that was considering using it. In our last discussions we
>> talked about keyboard access in SVG and how robust it was from what I
>> remember from SVG Tiny. Yet, when I looked at SVG 1.1 no focusable
>> property exists. Why is that and why is no section provided on
>> navigation in SVG?.
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG/
>> Looking at SVG Tiny 1.2 we have a navigation section and a focusable
>> property:
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/SVGTiny12/interact.html#navigation
>> So, clearly the SVG working group felt it is important for SVG tiny -
>> but not the full SVG spec?
> Not a helpful way of phrasing this.  Of course the SVG WG wants SVG to  
> be as accessible as possible, which is why we put so much attention on  
> features like this in SVG Tiny 1.2.  Please don't insinuate otherwise.  
> We are simply trying to follow W3C Process.
>> Regards,
>> Rich
>> Rich Schwerdtfeger
>> CTO Accessibility Software Group

Erik Dahlstrom, Core Technology Developer, Opera Software
Co-Chair, W3C SVG Working Group
Personal blog: http://my.opera.com/macdev_ed
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