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RE: "untill user agents" retired?

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 14:03:49 -0000
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> Christophe Strobbe

> However, some "until user agent" clauses are now 
> considered satisfied.
> The current mapping between WCAG 1.0 checkpoints and WCAG 2.0 success 
> criteria (http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2005/11/23-mapping.html) - 
> which is not 
> a normative document! - contains some notes on this.

And relating to "10.4 Until user agents handle empty controls correctly, include default, place-holding characters in edit boxes and text areas." (which is, I suspect, the reason why David brought this question up) the document notes: 'Deprecate. [Was "deprecated" understood in the way defined in the 4 August teleconference? If not, it should be "not required".]'

Now, I seem to recall that some braille software is still not able to handle empty controls correctly. I wonder if it was felt that this error in this particular user agent (and I'd argue that it is indeed an error) was too much of an edge case to keep the guideline alive?

Patrick H. Lauke
Web Editor / University of Salford
Web Standards Project (WaSP) Accessibility Task Force
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