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Guideline 2.4 and 1.3: HTML technique for structure in docs

From: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Aug 2004 17:50:48 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20040830005048.16418.qmail@web41502.mail.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
This is to support Guideline 1.3 and 2.4 (SC 1)
Include a technique along the lines of HTML technique 5.14 to say :
Headings, lists, paragraphs  and data tables are used wherever   appropriate; these have not been  
used  incorrectly for presentation effect.
The above  structural elements help orientation and moving within content.  
(HTML technique 5.14 says "Use structural elements as needed" and covers 8 elements  like code, 
cite,  dfn, etc.)
Following HTML techniques should also be related to Guideline 2.4 and not just 1.3:
- HTML technique 3.1 re. section headings
- HTML technique 6 re. lists
- HTML technique 7 re.  data tables
For  example, it is necessary to link to HTML technique   especially 7.7 and 7.8 that relate to 
associating header cells to  data cells. When this technique is followed it facilitates  orientation and 
moving within content.
The editorial note after 5.14 is relevant:
Editorial Note: This is about several elements so perhaps should be split up. But it's really just a list 
of structural elements. Do we need that list in
techniques? Can we point to some resource (e.g., HTML spec) in a single technique and say "use 
structural elements per the HTML spec"? Or do we have to
list every possible structural element we want people to use - including the obvious ones like p?
My comment: Yes it is useful to  list these elements in this doc for HTML techbniques- in one place. 
Sailesh Panchang
Senior Web Accessibility Engineer
Deque Systems www.deque.com

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