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RE: results: HTML 4.0 tags

From: Charles (Chuck) Oppermann <chuckop@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 19:52:48 -0800
Message-ID: <BB61526CDE70D2119D0F00805FBECA2F01E76D68@RED-MSG-55>
To: Masayasu Ishikawa <mimasa@w3.org>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
<<
Mobile communities
think that ACCESSKEY is quite helpful for some mobile devices, such as
mobile phone.  I know there are browsers for those devices which
support ACCESSKEY.  
>>

Internet Explorer 4.0 and later does support ACCESSKEY, but not on anchors.

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Masayasu Ishikawa [mailto:mimasa@w3.org]
		Sent:	Thursday, November 05, 1998 5:54 PM
		To:	w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
		Subject:	Re: results: HTML 4.0 tags

		c.g.colwell@herts.ac.uk (Chetz Colwell) wrote:

		> Some participants were confused because tags like OBJECT,
ACCESSKEY which
		> are new to HTML 4.0, are recommended by the GLs but are
not yet supported
		> by browsers (OBJECT by neither Netscape or IE, ACCESSKEY
by Netscape).
		> 
		> It is difficult for page authors to know whether they have
implemented
		> advice correctly because they cannot get the tag to work.
When I pointed
		> out the reason these participants said that this should be
indicated in the
		> Guidelines.

		It is always difficult to indicate which kind of browsers
support
		which kind of features.  Almost every features have
possibility
		that they are not supported by some implementations.  We
can't list
		ALL existing/emerging browsers.

		I'm quite worrying that if we only list some major browsers,
people
		might only care for those (only a few) major browsers.  Even
though
		OBJECT might not be supported by current version of Netscape
and IE,
		TV communities will DO use OBJECT (such as ATVEF).  Mobile
communities
		think that ACCESSKEY is quite helpful for some mobile
devices, such as
		mobile phone.  I know there are browsers for those devices
which
		support ACCESSKEY.  

		As Nir pointed out, browsers are not validators.  We should
		concentrate on advising people to do the right thing.

		Regards,
		-- 
		Masayasu Ishikawa / mimasa@w3.org
		W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
Received on Thursday, 5 November 1998 22:53:00 GMT

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