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Which elements trigger a user notification to translate an element or object into a markup language?

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 13:55:13 -0500
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To: w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
Len wrote the following comments [1] in reference to the 21 December 2000 
release [2]:
| Technique 3.1.A [priority 2] User notification for appropriate markup
| language
| Evaluation:
| * All BODY elements will generate a user notification.
LRK:: since this checkpoint only refers to images, why notify for all BODY 
Elements? Why not just Images?
Also, I don't understand what "All body elements" mean. There is just one 
"Body Element" since that term means the start tag, end tag, and everything 
in between. Do you mean all elements that are part of the Body Element's 

This is an interesting question.  Yes, primarily when IMG elements or 
OBJECT used to embed images are identified, the author ought to be asked if 
the image could be converted to an appropriate markup language (MathML, 
HTML with style sheets, etc.).  However, are there cases where another 
element within the body of the document could be converted to a markup 
language?  For example, PRE elements to layout numbers converted to a 
TABLE, or PDF converted to HTML or in the future ascii art could be 
converted to SVG.

Is there a case where something in a P element should be marked up?  ascii 
art is the only thing I can think of.

Headers, forms, lists...all seem to be marked up well.  Tables being 
converted to style sheets are covered in other checkpoints.

Therefore, I think I disagree that all elements in the BODY element should 
generate this warning.  I think it should be limited to:

what about the future?  what about XML?  RDF?

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-er-ig/2000Jan/0059.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/IG/ert/ert-19991221.html
wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
madison, wi usa
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Received on Thursday, 17 February 2000 13:51:20 UTC

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