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Errata - www.w3.org/TR/2001/WD-xhtml1-20011004/

From: Peter Norrington <pnorrington@tesco.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2001 00:25:57 +0100
Message-ID: <3BCCC205.95984027@tesco.net>
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Dear www-html-editor,

Preamble: I am trying to implement WAI-AA (or even AAA) for a public sector
site, although I write this in a personal capacity. I wanted to check a primary
source for a better understanding of accessibility implementation. I happened to
be reading the XHTML 1.0 document at
http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/WD-xhtml1-20011004/ , noting that this page claims
WAI-AAA conformance. I used Bobby 3.2 to analyze the document. I assume that A
and B below are typos. However C through F raise other issues, especially as
other W3C documents also share them, such as: are they not important for WAI-AAA
after all?

A) There is one instance of a deprecated element, <i>. Lines 1132-1133, "<I
lang=lt xml:lang="lt">et al.</I>" It also seems a bit obscure to mark "et al."
as Latin, as it is standard bibliographic terminology in English. Would a speech
reader seriously and meaningfully attempt to pronounce this with Latin
phonetics?

B) Priority 2: Separate adjacent links with more than whitespace. Lines 968-969
(indicated here with reduced code), "See <a>[HTML]</a> <a>Section 6.2</a> for
more information." under "C.8 Fragment Identifiers."

C) Priority 3: Use metadata to add computer-understandable information about the
page. # There is very little, confined to the meta's http-equiv=Content-Type and
name=GENERATOR.

D) Priority 3: Specify a logical tab order among form controls, links and
objects. # There are no "tabindexes."

E) Priority 3: Provide metadata that identifies this document's location in a
collection. # This is not provided.

F) Priority 3: Consider adding keyboard shortcuts to frequently used links. #
There are no "accesskeys."

I hope this assists you in editing the document. If you are able to respond to
the issues, or direct me somewhere that can, I would appreciate this. In the
latter case, I did not find the information in the WAI guidelines to be
sufficient to be sure that I actually implement them correctly: the guideline
examples raise more questions than they answer.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Norrington

pnorrington@tesco.net
Received on Wednesday, 17 October 2001 14:27:56 UTC

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