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Re: Comments on guidelines

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 11:45:14 -0500
Message-ID: <36F6739A.CC9F4E0C@w3.org>
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
CC: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Jon Gunderson wrote:
> I originally sent these comments to the wrong list.
> Is there a way we could add a general section to the Web Content guidleines
> on indicating the purpose of certain elements.  For example the following
> types of elements could indicate their purpose:
> Anchors: navigation link
> Table: layout or table
> Event: decorative, used for visual affects
>        verify, checks the user input, but no visual affects
>        functional, is used to change content of the document


There are two mappings at issue here:

1) For an HTML element, what topics are related to it?
   This is addressed by the HTML index in the Techniques Document.
   For example, for the A element, the related HTML topics are
   "Keyboard Access" and "Links"

2) For a topic, what HTML elements/attributes are involved?
   I think that the table of contents combined with the
   HTML index covers this need as well (although not
   as efficiently).

For more information about elements or topics, I think that
users should consult the HTML specification, which describes
and defines them much better than the Techniques document could.

Another option is to provide a real index, which the Editors
are considering. However, that would not be done until the document
goes to Proposed Recommendation.

Please let me know if I've addressed your point adequately,

 - Ian

Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org) 
Tel/Fax: (212) 684-1814 
Received on Monday, 22 March 1999 11:46:54 UTC

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