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Re: Issue 233: Proposed wording for checkpoint 7.6

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Date: Fri, 05 May 2000 16:38:39 -0500
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To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org

>  - The term "important" is used in WCAG 1.0 [2]:
>    "Information in a document is important if understanding
>     that information is crucial to understanding the document."
>    This is not quite the meaning intended here, I believe.
>    As I have understood the WG's discussions, the goal is to be
>    able to reach "blocks" of content, not "information" that
>    is semantically important. We might assume that blocks of
>    content are generally semantically important, but that cannot
>    be guaranteed. For instance "DIV" may be used purely to
>    provide a green background to some content, and DIV is a block
>    element.

I think we need to assume that blocks of content are considered by the 
author an important indication of some type of information, given the 
nature of how HTML is actually used in practice. Hopefully there will be 
better usage of markup to make it clearer what is really important.


Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Chair, W3C WAI User Agent Working Group
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
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