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[resend w/o address typo] Re: definitions for predefined roles

From: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@IEEE.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 11:01:57 -0500
Message-Id: <7FDD138B-E153-4408-8623-4F7293DA2D55@IEEE.org>
Cc: wai-liaison@w3.org
To: public-xhtml2@w3.org

[previous attempt:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/wai-liaison/2008Mar/0010.html]

Refer to joint meeting minutes:
http://www.w3.org/2008/02/20-xhtml-minutes#item07

Steven, Roland, Shane, et_al:

Here is proposed language for the predefined roles in the
Role Module specification.

There are a few discussion threads that we hadn't necessarily
run into the ground in these confined areas:

1) the choice of the 'complementary' mnemonic for this role
  -- possibly
s/complementary/supplemental
..or..
s/complementary/related

2) last sentence for 'complementary' -- possibly
s/completely separable/completely independent

3) the choice of 'contentinfo' mnemonic for that role; possibly
s/contentinfo/footer

I want to pass the monkey to XHTML2 in terms of deciding
how much longer to consider these points, as

a) we've kept this much longer that initially projected already
http://www.w3.org/2008/02/20-xhtml-irc#T13-56-33
b) the original action was to adjust the definitions...
c) PFWG goes to sleep for a week on account of CSUN this coming week
d) issues of mnemonic choice hinge on author comprehension, where
XHTML2 WG has as much of a handle on the problem as does PFWG.

All of the content cavils represent single voices at the moment,
but we ran this by them fast.  They could be ignored as the
'better fighting against the good' or deferred on the basis
that 'a last call will bring these questions anyway' or debated, as
you chose.

If you want to consider further discussion on the soft spots
identified above, you may wish to cross-post the threads
or post XHTML2 agenda to PF list <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>.

As chair of PFWG, I am saying "you have our action item
response."  Rough-Consensus-of-PFWG language with a few yellow
warning tags.

Al
/chair, PFWG
--
banner
A region that contains the prime heading or internal title of a page.

Most of the content of a banner is site-oriented, rather than being  
page-specific. Site-oriented content typically includes things such  
as the logo of the site sponsor, the main heading for the page, and  
site-specific search tool. Typically this appears at the top of the  
page spanning the full width.

complementary
Any section of the document that supports but is separable from the  
main content, but is semantically meaningful on its own even when  
separated from it.

There are various types of content that would appropriately have this  
role. For example, in the case of a portal, this may include but not  
be limited to show times, current weather, related articles, or  
stocks to watch. The content should be relevant to the main content;  
if it is completely separable, a more general role should be used  
instead.

contentinfo
Meta information about the content on the page or the page as a whole.

For example, footnotes, copyrights, links to privacy statements, etc.  
would belong here.

main
Main content in a document.

This marks the content that is directly related to or expands upon  
the central topic of the page.

navigation
A collection of links suitable for use when navigating the document  
or related documents.

search
The search tool of a web document.

This is typically a form used to submit search requests about the  
site or to a more general Internet search service.

definition
A definition of a term or concept.

A role is not provided to specify the term being defined, although  
host languages may provide such an element; in HTML this is the dfn  
element. The defined term should be included in such an element even  
when occurring within an element having the definition role.

note
The content is parenthetic or ancillary to the main content of the  
resource.
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