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Re: WAI class use, attribute quoting, and name capitalization

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2001 11:00:41 -0400
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To: "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com>, <w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org>, "Harvey Bingham" <hbingham@acm.org>
Cc: <wai-xtech@w3.org>
What would you think of using RDF to indicate

1. that the class is informationally relevent for the user  (i.e. more than 
just appearance)
2. A description of what the class means.

If we want to push this much further it's a matter for PF.

Although it is a candidate for inclusion in EARL.

I had once suggested adding at "alt" attribute to style sheets to convey 
the meaning of a class, but it ran afoul of the philosophy that style 
sheets should contain no content.

At 03:28 PM 4/2/01 +0100, Sean B. Palmer wrote:

>Oh please no! Using classes to identify semantics when there is no
>strict mechanism for doing so? Classes may well be there to group
>elements of a certain type, but this is a very short first party
>assertion in that it groups elements of a certain type without
>providing any reason of why these elements are grouped. If the class
>system is used otherwise, then you are extending the XHTML 1.0
>specification; you should be using Modularization of XHTML [1]
>instead. Pragmatically, given the limitations of XHTML 1.0 in
>providing annotations (or even links to annotations), there's not
>really much we can do for classes, except perhaps to use URIs as class
>attribute values [2].
>[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml-modularization
>cf. http://purl.org/net/uriprofile/
>Kindest Regards,
>Sean B. Palmer
>@prefix : <http://webns.net/roughterms/> .
>:Sean :hasHomepage <http://purl.org/net/sbp/> .

Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
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