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RE: Design question about formats based on XHTML 2

From: Paul Nelson (ATC) <paulnel@winse.microsoft.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 13:28:06 -0700
Message-ID: <49C257E2C13F584790B2E302E021B6F910FB5E76@winse-msg-01.segroup.winse.corp.microsoft.com>
To: "Shane McCarron" <shane@aptest.com>, "Peter Krantz" <peter.krantz@gmail.com>
CC: <www-html@w3.org>, "Linda Mao" <lindamao@microsoft.com>


If you are saying that the "role" can be used by anybody for anything
they want you will effectively generate significant disadvantage for the
accessible community. A property that needs to be supported by browsers
and other systems to help the assistive technology tools will be so
flooded with other uses/misuses that there will be negative impact on
those who need to rely on that functionality to use web content.

I hope that the meaning of roles remains exactly as it is worded below
and is not changed to be defined as "all things for all people".


-----Original Message-----
From: www-html-request@w3.org [mailto:www-html-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Shane McCarron
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:08 PM
To: Peter Krantz
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Design question about formats based on XHTML 2

No, I think you are correct that the role attribute is the way to go.  
Just define a taxonomy for roles in your namespace.  However, I agree
that the text in the description of the role attribute is misleading.  I
will effect repairs.

Peter Krantz wrote:
> Hi!
> In a project we are looking at XHTML 2 as the foundation for a 
> document format in the legal domain. XHTML 2 is a great starting point

> as it is a generic document format covering most of our markup needs.
> In our domain we would like to express that some section elements are 
> of a specific type. The type belongs to a namespace. The function of 
> the section element is the same but we would like to be able to 
> extract sections of this specific type.
> What would be a good way to markup our sections? The role attribute 
> sounds like a candidate but looking at the XHTML2 specification it 
> does not feel right ("It is used by applications and assistive 
> technologies to determine the purpose of UI widgets."). Is the class 
> attribute the way to go?
> Kind regards,
> Peter

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Received on Tuesday, 29 August 2006 23:02:13 UTC

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