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Re: summary attribute compromise proposal

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 2009 22:43:00 +0200
Message-ID: <4A789D54.5000706@gmx.de>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
CC: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> On Aug 4, 2009, at 1:36 PM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>>> On Aug 4, 2009, at 1:29 PM, Julian Reschke wrote:
>>>>> ...
>>>>>> I agree it's good to make sure @summary is used for what it's 
>>>>>> there; I'm not yet convinced that an unconditional validator 
>>>>>> warning is the right way to get there, though.
>>>>> Do you think it's acceptable as part of a compromise, even if 
>>>>> you're not sure it's ideal?
>>>>> ...
>>>> No, not really, as the behavior of validators really is a key 
>>>> question here (next to the (current) guidance not to use it).
>>> What do you think is the proper validator behavior on encountering 
>>> summary="" - keeping in mind that providing no guidance at all to 
>>> authors is likely to be unacceptable to many people?
>> If by summary="" you mean an *empty* attribute, then yes, I think that 
>> should generate a warning. Another case for a warning might be summary 
>> text that is repeated in the table caption.
> No, I mean a summary attribute being present at all, regardless of its 
> value. What do you think should be the validator behavior for that case?
> ...

Unless the validator develops sufficient intelligence so that it can 
tell a good summary value from a bad one, it should stay silent.

Any element can be mis-used and in fact is misused in practice, so why 
make an exception in this case?

BR, Julian
Received on Tuesday, 4 August 2009 20:50:31 UTC

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