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Re: User agent support of SUMMARY attribute in tables

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 08:41:20 -0500
To: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>, W3c-Wai-Ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <004101c2c21b$f29e4780$6501a8c0@handsontech>

the difference here is that while alt="" shows nothing, summary="" will
still say summary.  The most practical approach to employ is not to use it
unless it is summarizing something and that in my mind can only be datta
other wise, we get into description for which it is not.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Scarlett Julian (ED)" <Julian.Scarlett@sheffield.gov.uk>
To: "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 8:29 AM
Subject: RE: User agent support of SUMMARY attribute in tables



Isn't this issue analogous to that of including an empty alt attribute
(alt="") for images that are purely decorative (and yes, I'm aware that
there is a point of view that says all images convey some information even
if it's not intended as such by the author).

summary="" for layout tables seems an ideal solution to me but then I don't
use AT.

If it's really that much of an issue for the author then build pages without
using layout tables. Simple.

--J.

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