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Re: Draft of @summary text for HTML 5 poll

From: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 18:29:46 -0500
Message-ID: <643cc0270907231629n7ac5204fh3fbb6d755bbc5f41@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
>
> My recommended text for the roll call/vote is the following:
>
> Replace the examples listed in Section 4.9.2 with a table that is more
> demonstrative of a complex table. (One was suggested that was created
> by Gez Lemon I believe, and should be included in the vote, but I
> can't find the email with the example.)
>
> Update the examples to reflect the new table. (TBD)
>
> Replace the line that reads:
>
> "If a table element has a summary attribute, the user agent may report
> the contents of that attribute to the user."
>
> With a new example, listed in parity with other examples, that begins with:
>
> Use the summary attribute on the table element:
>
> (Example TBD)
>
>
> Yes ( )
> No   ( )
> Abstain ( )
>
> If someone can provide that email with the table example, I'd flesh
> this out into a spec ready snapshot, and include a related document
> showing the text embedded into a copy of the HTML 5 spec. Just to
> ensure people could see exactly how the change would look. But I
> thought I would put out a suggestion, first, before doing the work.
>
>
> Shelley
>


PS I would also add the following:

Replace the following:

In section 4.9.2. the line:

"If a table element has a summary attribute, the user agent may report
the contents of that attribute to the user."

And delete the following line, in Section 12.1.

Authors should not specify the summary attribute on table elements.
This attribute was suggested in earlier versions of the language as a
technique for providing explanatory text for complex tables for users
of screen readers. One of the techniques described in the table
section should be used instead.

In other words, summary would no longer be obsolete.

Shelley
Received on Thursday, 23 July 2009 23:30:20 UTC

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