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RE: Public vs. Private information

From: John Foliot <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:46:28 -0800
To: "'Patrick H. Lauke'" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, <gawds_discuss@yahoogroups.com>
Message-ID: <013301c70cf5$bac65770$c38f40ab@Piglet>

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:
> How is the data displayed?

  <dt>Work phone(s):</dt>
  <dd class="public">(650) 555-1234, (650) 555-1234</dd>
  <dd class="public"><a
  <dt>Web page:</dt>
  <dd class="private"><a


> If it were in a table, for instance, I'd have an additional column to
> denote private. Then, if it is private, you could have an image with
> alt, some text that you style reasonably unobtrusively, or something
> along those lines. You can then also complement this with styling the
> entire row differently (adding a subtle difference in background
> colour, perhaps).

They *are* making a visual distinction - the background for public data
remains white (class="public"), whereas the private data has a background of

>> This could conceivably produce a page with
>> 12 - 20 "private icons", an issue in it's own right.
> But if you DO need to indicate whether something is public or private,
> then surely that becomes a non issue, unless I'm missing the nature of
> the "issue"

My concern (and theirs), the issue, is a visual clutter... If I need to echo
back the same "private" icon (currently a "lock") 20 times it will become a
visual overload - I can't get buy in here.  Bold text however does stand out
without the same visual noise.  How do I convey this distinction in a
non-visual way is the conundrum.

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