RE: Justification for the cite attribute on ins&del

Henri, I think that depends on your definition of a UA.  My expectation (as a browser developer) has always been that an accessibility tool would enable the following of such a link; exposing the link to the AT is our responsibility in the browser.

Was your [2] reference intended to be a separate issue, or were you drawing an analogy?


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From: [] On Behalf Of Henri Sivonen
Sent: Thursday, October 11, 2007 12:40 AM
Subject: Justification for the cite attribute on ins&del
> The cite attribute may be used to specify a URI that explains the
> change. When that document is long, for instance the minutes of a
> meeting, authors are encouraged to include a fragment identifier
> pointing to the specific part of that document that discusses the
> change.
> If the cite attribute is present, it must be a URI (or IRI) that
> explains the change. User agents should allow users to follow such
> citation links.

Currently, mainstream UAs don't interoperably fulfill the requirement
of the last sentence quoted above. Therefore, as far as
implementation goes, this counts as a new feature although the
language feature is roughly a decade old[1].

Given that the language feature hasn't gained UA support in a decade,
I think it is time to reassess the demand for the feature and how
well the feature addresses the demand if there even is demand. See


Henri Sivonen

Received on Thursday, 11 October 2007 17:24:38 UTC