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Re: [XHTML1.1] Error in Conformance Definition document?

From: Jukka K. Korpela <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 10:47:12 +0300 (EEST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.64.0704031031560.9743@mustatilhi.cs.tut.fi>

On Tue, 3 Apr 2007, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:

> My basic concern here is that browser developers should be able to
> backport any minor new accessibility updates to XHTML 1.1

What's this talk about accessibility updates and why should XHTML 1.1, 
which is essentially dead end, be updated at all?

> for example if tabindex
> is expanded to match Microsoft's and Mozilla's implementation.

The tabindex attribute, whatever reasons there might be for it, is not an 
accessibility feature. Quite the opposite. Its existence encourages 
authors into writing pages so that they have odd tabbing order, confusing 
many users, instead of designing pages so that the default tabbing order 
matches users' intuitive expectations.

Besides, I don't see how the draft new XHTML 1.1 would affect tabindex the 
least. Neither can I see a list of changes between XHTML 1.1 versions (or 
"editions"). Well, differences between HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 or between 
XHTML 1.0 and XHTML 1.1 have never been listed down (the "Changes" 
sections in the specifications mention some differences but give fairly 
strongly the impression that _all_ differences have been mentioned), so it 
would be unrealistic to see accurate diffs in "editions".

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
Received on Tuesday, 3 April 2007 07:47:22 UTC

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