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Re: summary="" in HTML5 ISSUE-32

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 08:50:27 +0000
Message-ID: <49A7A953.20600@cfit.ie>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Matt Morgan-May <mattmay@adobe.com>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>, Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>, "wai-xtech@w3.org" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, "janina@rednote.net" <janina@rednote.net>, W3C WAI Protocols & Formats <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>
Ian Hickson wrote:
> We're not just removing it, we're replacing it with something that helps 
> more users (<caption>).

Please do not suggest stuffing the <caption> with verbose descriptions
or summaries. That will be a completely retrograde step. Caption should
be a terse descriptor only.

> The current proposal is to use <caption> instead of summary="", which 
> should both improve the quality of the accessibility aids (since authors 
> will _see_ their bad summaries and remove them if they're bad) and the 
> make them universally accessible (since <caption> is media-independent).

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