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Re: Taking another round at @summary

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2010 23:24:05 +0000 (UTC)
To: Denis Boudreau <dboudreau@webconforme.com>
Cc: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, HTML WG Public List <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.1001052322570.18750@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Tue, 5 Jan 2010, Denis Boudreau wrote:
> For every screen reader user that I put in front of two similar complex 
> data tables, one accessible and one that's not, I'm pretty sure 100% 
> would come to realize that the accessible version, thanks in part to the 
> description provided through @summary, would actually be much easier to 
> understand.

Nobody is suggesting making tables less accessible. The proposal in the 
spec is to make pages _more_ accessible by transitioning from using 
summary="" to using a variety of more effective techniques.

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