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RE: Updated Bobby

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spinsol.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 18:41:19 -0000
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> But see  the changes below: the lang  attribute has been totally 
> removed in
> XHTML 1.1 and so not valid XHTML 1.1
> The guidelines 11.2 say  don't use attributes that are
> depreciated...so Bobby does not apply to the guidelines???

Agreed, but there is a balance to be struck between avoiding
deprecated elements and attributes and backwards compatibility.
Purely from the point of view of accessibility it would seem that
more immediate real-world problems could stem from the absence of the
lang attribute than from its presence, and there is a good argument
for staying with the 1.0 standard for the time being.
This is not to say that long-term it's a good idea to continue its
use (after all we want it to die some time), or that accessibility is
the only criteria on which to make these decisions, but I think Bobby
is justified in penalising the absence of lang, although perhaps it
should give a warning explaining the two sides of the decision as to
whether it should be used, rather than an error.

Count yourself lucky, the people on this list working with SVG
recently found themselves forced to use <embed> !

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