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Re: summarization information delivery options: attribute or element

From: Shelley Powers <shelleypowers@burningbird.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 07:41:02 -0600
Message-ID: <4B87CF6E.1090103@burningbird.net>
To: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
CC: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, Gez Lemon <g.lemon@webprofession.com>, "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, public-html-a11y@w3.org
Joshue O Connor wrote:
> Hi Laura,
>> The danger is *replacing* the attribute with a new element is that it
>> can harm the user group the attribute was trying to help.
>> A new element could possibly be considered in *addition* to retaining
>> the attribute. But that would be a different change proposal.
> Maybe I missed something, but that it so some degree what I thought was
> going on. I am in favour of keeping @summary as a valid attribute but
> also adding a /better/ element. For me, this would be a win-win.
> @summary is still legal but the markup provides a way to serve other
> user groups, has great semantic ability yada yada
> Cheers
> Josh
Actually, I'm not in favor of adding a new element, because no one has 
shown what problem this new element is supposed to be solving.

What are the use cases for the new element?

We keep talking about elements and attributes, when we need to talk 
about what part of the community is not being served with what we have 
now (if summary were still conforming, and not surrounded by odd and 
strange warning messages)?

Received on Friday, 26 February 2010 13:41:37 UTC

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