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Re: Draft text for summary attribute definition

From: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2009 21:16:16 +0100
Message-ID: <49AAED10.4010605@malform.no>
To: Robert J Burns <rob@robburns.com>
CC: Gez Lemon <gez.lemon@gmail.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Robert J Burns 2009-03-01 20.43:
> On Mar 1, 2009, at 12:39 AM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> 
>>> As for your proposal directly. I don't have any strong objections to 
>>> this approach. I also think your proposal would work equally well 
>>> with either version A or version B.
>>
>> Yes, I guess so. I saw text bit in version b which spoke about other 
>> users than speech and braille users, and I was not certain I agreed to 
>> that.
> 
> Could you be more specific about which users you feel should not be 
> handled by summary. I could try to guess, but I might guess incorrectly.

This is back to the issue of who @summary is for. I was compelled 
by Joshue's argument that it is better to have a specific @summary 
attribute than a to watered following the logic that it "perhaps" 
can be useful to other groups. In his own write [1]:

  	"... better for @summary to properly serve the
needs of non-sighted users than to  provide a /sort of/ solution 
for other user groups. Also its worth saying that I would loath to 
see @summary (or any other useful elements/attributes) be removed 
and replaced because it /doesn't/ sort of, 'do' something for 
other user groups."

My thinking is that if one wants to add info for other users that 
are challenged in their reading, one could use caption@title and 
make it visible in <caption> via CSS. Eventually one can use 
table@title.

[1] http://www.w3.org/mid/49A7A616.4000005@cfit.ie
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leif halvard silli
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