Re: summary="" in HTML5 ISSUE-32

Simon Pieters 2009-02-26 12.39:
> On Thu, 26 Feb 2009 12:28:00 +0100, Simon Pieters:
>> At best you could make summary="" visible in standards mode but not in 
>> quirks mode, but I'd bet that would still "break" too many pages for 
>> browser vendords to be able to do (and we generally don't want to add 
>> more differences between the modes anyway). I've added
>>    table:before { content:attr(summary); display:table-caption }
>> to my user style sheet to see what it looks like. Now I just need a 
>> list of random pages that use summary... Ah, here we go: 
> I've now looked at some of these pages and concluded that it's not 
> acceptable to make summary="" visible due to pages that say 
> summary="Layout table" or summary="right column", etc. I also noted that 
> not all of those are in quirks mode.

Firstly, you should make @summary display on :hover, and place it 
  *above* the table, so that it doesn't disturb the layout. Then 
it should not disturb you any more than @title content generally do.

/* Probaly only works in Opera - other UAs require "more".
    For "more", see: */
 content:"Summary: " attr(summary);

But ideally, the @summary attribute should be activated *not* by 
hovering over the table, but by hovering over the caption. Thus we 
create a link between caption and @summary and encourage authors 
to add both a caption and a summary.
leif halvard silli

Received on Thursday, 26 February 2009 15:43:48 UTC