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Re: future of the XHTML Role Module (PF agenda addendum request 2009-11-11)

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 18:26:46 +0000
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, public-xhtml2@w3.org, W3C WAI Protocols & Formats <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>
Message-Id: <20091204182557.M33745@hicom.net>

aloha, henri!

while i am fully aware that the ARIA spec hasn't normatively referenced 
the XHTML Role Module for some time, it IS based upon the XHTML Role 
Module, and ARIA absorbs the predefined roles defined in the XHTML Role 
Module.  moreover, the Role Module provides a mechanism for extending 
roles, which is astoundingly similar to that which ARIA uses

but, the big picture is that there is a wide area of general
applicability (i.e. non-accessibility uses) of the concepts defined 
and contained in the Role Module -- for leveraging mash-ups and other 
content served from templates in arbitrary DIVs or SPANs; for performing 
repair on a document (in the style of GreaseMonkey and AccessMonkey); 
and so on...

what is important is that there be a successor to the Role Module which 
provides the genericized ability to add structural and contextual 
information about a document...  that @role isn't just for accessibility, 
was eloquently expressed by the decision of the XHTML2 Working Group to 
develop the XHTML Role Module in the first place...

gregory.
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---------- Original Message -----------
From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
To: public-xhtml2@w3.org, W3C WAI Protocols & Formats <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>
Sent: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 13:48:56 +0200
Subject: Re: future of the XHTML Role Module (PF agenda addendum request 
2009-11-11)

> > 1.1. currently the only way that the XHTML2 WG can get the Role 
Module 
> > through W3C process before it expires is to change it from Rec status 
to 
> > Note status, which means that ARIA would not be able to normatively 
point 
> > to the Role Module, as it would only be a note.
> 
> ARIA hasn't pointed to the Role Module normatively for quite a 
> while, so the ability of ARIA to point to the Role Module is not 
> an issue.
> 
> -- 
> Henri Sivonen
> hsivonen@iki.fi
> http://hsivonen.iki.fi/
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