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Re: Example shows questionable implementation

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 19:07:10 -0700
Message-ID: <824e742c0810231907g360e579dk252d5650d75eadcd@mail.gmail.com>
To: Bim.Egan@rnib.org.uk
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org

On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 11:15 AM, WCAG 2.0 Comment Form <nobody@w3.org> wrote:
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> Name: Bim Egan
> Email: Bim.Egan@rnib.org.uk
> Affiliation: RNIB
> Document: TD
> Item Number: H42
> Part of Item: Examples
> Comment Type: technical
> Summary of Issue: Example shows questionable implementation
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> Example 1 of heading code  shows <h2> used for the heading immediately above the main content.
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> "<h2>All about headings</h2>
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> <!-- Text, images, other material making up the main content... -->"
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> Rationale:
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> Unles H1 heading levels are used to signal the beginning of main content, screen reader users, who are the main beneficiaries of structural headings), will have to work out, by trial and error, which of the marked up headings is the one at the start of main content.
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> Proposed Change:
> <!-- Logo, banner graphic, search form, etc.  -->
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> <h2>Navigation</h2>
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> <ul>
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> <li><a href="about.htm">About us</a></li>
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> <li><a href="contact.htm">Contact us</a></li>
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>  ...
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> </ul>
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> <h1>All about headings</h1>
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> <!-- Text, images, other material making up the main content... -->
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Response from the Working Group
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We have added the RNIB article as an additional resource for this
success criterion.

Success criterion 1.3.1 doesn't require that headings be used in any
particular way, only that when headings are used, they can be
programmatically determined.

Success criterion 2.4.10 (Section Headings) directs authors to use
headings to organize page content. G141, Organizing a page using
headings, is a sufficient technique for SC 2.4.10 and explains that
headings should follow the structure of the document and nest
properly. However, it should be noted that although proper nesting is
sufficient it is not required to meet this SC. We have added G141 as
an advisory technique to Understanding SC 1.3.1 and as a related
technique to H42.

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
Received on Friday, 24 October 2008 02:07:53 UTC

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