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Guideline 2.4 success criteria concerning title- proposal

From: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 07:36:34 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20040913143634.62208.qmail@web41503.mail.yahoo.com>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Wendy wrote: 
"title" is an HTML attribute and "caption" is an HTML element. Can you
propose a more general success criterion?  Do you think the HTML
techniques adquately cover these issues? If not, please propose what to
add.
Sailesh: 
The HTML  techniques for WCAG 2 (section 5.9) specifically advocate use of title attribute only for abbr/acronym, links and frame. It does not mention: 
- map element (WCAG 1.0 techniques  demonstrate this for client map) 
- lists
- form
Using title on these elements helps moving around content - Guideline 2.4. 
Does the criterion "Each page or other resource that can be accessed separately and that supports a title has a title that identifies the subject or purpose of the resource", seems too  refer only to title on page / frame?   
So I propose the  L3 criterion should read:
"4. Each page, other resource or specific part of the content that can be accessed separately and that supports a title has a title that identifies the subject or purpose of the resource."
Wendy wrote:
HTML 4.01 requires every page to have a title [1] and WCAG 2.0
Guideline 4.1 Level 1 criterion [2] says use technology according to
specification, therefore title for a page is a Level 1 for HTML.
Sailesh: When a specific  SC at level 3 for G2.4  refers to title in the context of page orientation , I suppose most  will regard title as a L3 criterion. G 4.1 L1 you cited is  more of a overall  requirement and not specific to page title. It is confusing: as per one guideline, page title is L1 and as per another it is L3. Will this not confuse most average developers who are not  accessibility  experts but just trying to  figure out how to make content accessible? Other things being the same, can one claim level 3 conformance  by just including a page title  or conversely fail level1  conformance for not having one?
Sailesh Panchang 
Senior  Web Accessibility Engineer
Deque Systems
www.deque.com


		
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