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HTML-ISSUE-182: Advice in spec about annotations promotes inaccessible content [HTML 5 spec]

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Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:27:45 +0000
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HTML-ISSUE-182: Advice in spec about annotations promotes inaccessible content [HTML 5 spec]

http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/182

Raised by: Steve Faulkner
On product: HTML 5 spec

The section 4.13.5 Footnotes http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#footnotes of the HTML5 specification recommends the use of a markup antipattern that makes it impossible for some user groups and very difficult for some other user groups to access footnote content. It advocates the use of the title attribute, yet historically and currently title attribute content is not available to a range of users. there is no indication from implementors that this is likely to change.

The spec text in question needs to be modified or removed:

"For short inline annotations, the title attribute should be used.

In this example, two parts of a dialogue are annotated with footnote-like content using the title attribute.

<p> <b>Customer</b>: Hello! I wish to register a complaint. Hello. Miss?
<p> <b>Shopkeeper</b>: <span title="Colloquial pronunciation of 'What do you'"
>Watcha</span> mean, miss?
<p> <b>Customer</b>: Uh, I'm sorry, I have a cold. I wish to make a complaint.
<p> <b>Shopkeeper</b>: Sorry, <span title="This is, of course, a lie.">we're
closing for lunch</span>."

escalated from Bug 704416 - HTML acronym and abbr names should be provided by @title https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=704416
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