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Role Module successor not out of scope (was: Re: future of the XHTML Role Module (PF agenda addendum request 2009-11-11))

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2009 16:43:35 +0000
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>, public-xhtml2@w3.org, w3c-wai-pf@w3.org
Message-Id: <20091209163602.M79823@hicom.net>
henri wrote, quote:
> Since the PFWG is chartered to work on accessibility matters, it 
> seems inappropriate to publish a spec about non-accessibility 
> uses of role through the PFWG.

Role IS an "accessibility matter" -- whether role info is used by an 
assistive technology or not...  that Role has broader implications 
than "simply" accessibility does not preclude PF from taking up the 
Role Module, especially since an effort is being made to include 
members of many W3C groups who have had input to the Role module as 
editors, as well as members of the PFWG...  i have simply proposed 
that PFWG take a leadership role in the promulgation of Role as a 
cross-dialect aspect of web content, because Role information is 
so very necessary to true accessibility and because it can help 
make some sense out of template-served content which is stuffed 
into a generic SPAN or DIV

if not PFWG, then who, henri?  WAI work is a sub- or super-set of 
basic usability and human-computer-interaction, not an overlay 
or add-on -- accessibility and usability are inseparable aspects of 
any architecture, programmatic or otherwise...

Accessibility, Internationalization, and Interoperability are not
"features", "overlays" or "add-ons".  Rather, they are core 
components of any architecture -- programmatic or otherwise.
     Gregory J. Rosmaita, gregory@linux-foundation.org
Vice-Chair, WebMaster & Listmaster, Open Accessibility Workgroup
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