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[Fwd: [Bug 8522] Authoring Tool editing mechanisms]

From: Jeanne Spellman <jeanne@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 10:54:28 -0500
Message-ID: <4B44B234.4090604@w3.org>
To: AUWG <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
This comment to HTML5 from AUWG was rejected.

HTML5 says (in the section "Authoring tools and markup generators"):
"Authoring tools are expected to come in two broad varieties: tools that
work from structure or semantic data, and tools that work on a
What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get media-specific editing basis (WYSIWYG). The
former is the preferred mechanism for tools that author HTML, since
the structure in the source information can be used to make informed
choices regarding which HTML elements and attributes are most appropriate."

AUWG Comment:
It seems subjective to prefer an editing mechanism. Perhaps this should
be clearly marked as "informative".

Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: This isn't really subjective, it's simply a fact that you are 
more
likely to create accessible (and conforming) documents if you are working at
the semantic level rather than at a presentational level. I don't think that
softening this would be productive. Readers should be made very aware of 
this
problem with the WYSIWYG approach, at least until such time as the state 
of the
art in WYSIWYG editors improves significantly.

You can view the entire bug report here.

http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8522


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Bug 8522] Authoring Tool editing mechanisms
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 12:17:58 +0000
From: bugzilla@wiggum.w3.org
To: jeanne@w3.org
References: <bug-8522-2553@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8522


Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

            What    |Removed                     |Added
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              Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
          Resolution|                            |WONTFIX




--- Comment #1 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2010-01-06 
12:17:58 ---
EDITOR'S RESPONSE: This is an Editor's Response to your comment. If you are
satisfied with this response, please change the state of this bug to 
CLOSED. If
you have additional information and would like the editor to reconsider, 
please
reopen this bug. If you would like to escalate the issue to the full HTML
Working Group, please add the TrackerRequest keyword to this bug, and 
suggest
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yourself, if you are able to do so. For more details, see this document:
    http://dev.w3.org/html5/decision-policy/decision-policy.html

Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: This isn't really subjective, it's simply a fact that you are 
more
likely to create accessible (and conforming) documents if you are working at
the semantic level rather than at a presentational level. I don't think that
softening this would be productive. Readers should be made very aware of 
this
problem with the WYSIWYG approach, at least until such time as the state 
of the
art in WYSIWYG editors improves significantly.


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