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Re: Discussion: Accessibility Issues Procedure

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 02:52:35 +0000 (UTC)
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, William Loughborough <wloughborough@gmail.com>, Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0907270240590.15342@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Sun, 26 Jul 2009, Shelley Powers wrote:
> Ian is fully aware of the issues, reasons, and so on. If he isn't I 
> suggest he spend time searching on @summary in these lists.

Maybe I missed an important e-mail. Could you point me to the e-mail that 
shows the reasoning and data behind the idea that including and continuing 
to encourage authors to use the summary="" attribute would improve overall 
accessibility of the Web beyond the status quo?

The position argued, in detail, with data [1] to support the current text 
in the specification is that encouraging the summary="" attribute to be 
used actually harms the overall accessibility of the Web. To my knowledge, 
nobody has provided a sound counter-argument to this. If I have missed 
such a counter-argument, please send me a link. The e-mail cited above 
includes explicit statements regarding the kind of data and explanations 
that would lead to a substantial change in the document I am editing.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Jul/0148.html

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