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Re: HTML Headings technique: duplicated

From: Sailesh Panchang <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 19:57:12 -0800 (PST)
To: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
Message-ID: <5013.11332.qm@web37908.mail.mud.yahoo.com>


Hello Loretta et al,
Sorry I disagree.
Headings are not marked up merely to aid navigation by screen readers. Using hidden headings to work like ARIA landmarks is essentially a hack that exploits ability of screen reading software to jump from heading to heading. 
Technique #69  supports both the SCs including 1.3.1 and the description explains that headings are used to convey structure and hierarchy and semantics. So I am not sure what  is the value of H42. 
In fact read the description for H42. Except for the "objective is..." sentence, the rest  could be better used to  within a "Common Failure".
Sailesh

--- On Mon, 12/1/08, Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com> wrote:

> From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
> Subject: Re: HTML Headings technique: duplicated
> To: "Sailesh Panchang" <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
> Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
> Date: Monday, December 1, 2008, 5:58 PM
> On Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 1:23 PM, Sailesh Panchang
> <spanchang02@yahoo.com>wrote:
> 
> >
> > H42: Using h1-h6 to identify headings
> > relates to  SC 1.3.1
> > H69: Providing heading elements at the beginning of
> each section of content
> > relates to  SC 2.4.1
> >
> > Comment: Both descriptions are essentially the same. I
> suggest they be
> > merged into a single technique and reference  both  SC
> > Thanks,
> > Sailesh Panchang
> >
> ================================
>  Response from the Working Group
> ================================
> 
> H42 should describe the use of heading mark-up to label
> headings
> semantically, but also contained a good deal of discussion
> about how to use
> headings. We have moved the discussion and examples of ways
> to use headings
> to organize content from H42 to H69. See
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/WD-WCAG20-TECHS/H42.html
> and
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/WD-WCAG20-TECHS/H69.html .
> 
> Could you let us know by Monday, December 8 whether you are
> satisfied with
> our resolution? If that date is not possible, please reply
> to this message
> indicating when you will be able to respond.
> 
> If we do not hear from you by Monday, December 8, we will
> assume that you
> are satisfied with the responses to your comments.
> 
> Thanks again for the interest that you have taken in these
> guidelines.
> 
> Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
> Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
> Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact
> 
> 
> On behalf of the WCAG Working Group


      
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