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Re: XHTML2: Proposal for total separation of semantics from structure

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2005 23:16:24 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200509022216.j82MGO813093@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> One of the main motivations for @role came from work by various
> accessibility experts. The idea was to be able to tell some processor more
> about what some part of a document was there for. Although initially

That's the purpose of markup, or at least that is the SGML concept of
markup.  That you need an overlay on the markup is basically the
consequence of HTML being treated more like presentation language.

As I've said before, I think that the real way of doing this is to
separate out navigation and use link elements to find it, but that
would require more semantic browsers, when people have learned to use
browsers to reproduce physical appearence.

> intended to help voice systems to provide a better experience for users, it
> element (a <p> or <section> for example), or it might be in some element
> from another language that has been embedded into XHTML 2, such as an SVG

You have that problem when it isn't XML already, and that wasn't a problem
for the original HTML concept because the resource, whether HTML or
not, would have been separate from the navigation.
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