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Re: conflation of issues or convergence of interests?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 03:22:22 +0100
Message-ID: <46ABF9DE.3010602@splintered.co.uk>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
CC: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>, public-html@w3.org, wai-xtech@w3.org

Lachlan Hunt wrote:

> Consider how difficult it is for a user to access the alternative 
> content nested within <object>.  AFAIK, the only way to do so in most 
> graphical browsers is to view the source.  So, if an audio file was 
> embedded using <object> (or <audio>) and the transcript was nested 
> within, that would make it difficult for users without assistive 
> technology to access it.

But, unless I'm mistaken, no current UA even renders HTML5's <audio> and 
<video>, so comparing how they currently handle HTML4's <object> may not 
be all that relevant. And if the spec stated that UAs need to handle 
fallback content a certain way (possibly making reference to UAAG 1.0 in 
passing as well) that gives users control, would that be a likely step 
in the right direction? Or is the historically flaky implementation of 
<object> going to kill this idea off right from the get-go?

Patrick H. Lauke
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