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Re: Issues of @summary and use of data for "decisions"

From: Steve Axthelm <steveax@pobox.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 16:50:00 -0700
To: Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>
cc: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>, Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <r285ps-1057i-D91B119C97E045D09258CA9BA6C82E5E@MBP.local>
On 2009-06-23 Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com> wrote:

>On Wed, 24 Jun 2009 01:12:40 +0200, Steve Axthelm <steveax@pobox.com> wrote:
>>On 2009-06-23 Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com> wrote:
>>>How about the following statement?
>>><caption> is read automatically when the table is encountered.
>>>summary="" is read only on user request.
>>That's entirely dependent upon the combination of browser/AT/user
>>settings (if any).
>>With default settings, Jaws 10 reads summary automatically with both
>>IE7 and FF3. I believe Window Eyes does the same but I'd have to
>>test. Not sure about other AT.
>If this is the case, then it seems to me that the user agent does not
>need to be able to distinguish between caption and summary, and thus
><caption> can be used for both purposes.

I disagree. Rolling summary into caption reduces options for 
both page authors and for users of AT. As a developer, perhaps a 
developer who knows the preferences of users of AT that frequent 
my site, having summary separate from caption gives me 
flexibility in the way I present information about tables. I 
would submit that AT users also benefit from having them 
separate as it affords them more granularity in user settings.



Steve Axthelm
Received on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 23:50:40 UTC

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