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Re: ISSUE-32 Table Summary Change Proposal

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:34:24 -0800
Message-id: <EA24D854-41D1-4D34-AE24-DC903019D18E@apple.com>
Cc: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>

Thanks for writing this! It's good to have more alternatives for  
consideration. I hope the A11Y TF considers submitting both this  
proposal and Cynthia's proposal as alternatives to be considered.

Informally, my own read is that it would probably be easier to get  
consensus on something along the lines of Cynthia's proposal in the  
full WG. But I think it helps the conversation to have more options on  
the table.


On Feb 23, 2010, at 4:10 PM, Laura Carlson wrote:

> Hello Everyone,
> I have drafted a Change Proposal for HTML ISSUE-32.
> Summary:
> The current editor's draft lacks a valid and conforming way to provide
> a non-visual, explicitly associated, programmatic, table summary
> mechanism for users who cannot see the visual rendering of a table.
> HTML5 currently makes the summary attribute obsolete. It recommends
> against using the summary attribute.
> This change proposal:
> * Makes the summary attribute valid and conforming.
> * Requires user agents to make the summary attribute visible on demand
> with some type of a preference or switch in the user agent/browser.
> * Replaces current spec text with suggested text.
> Full proposal is at:
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/ 
> SummaryAttribute20100222
> Ideas for improvement are most welcome.
> Thanks.
> Best regards,
> Laura
> --
> Laura L. Carlson
Received on Wednesday, 24 February 2010 00:34:58 UTC

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