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Re: HTML 5 (sic) and A11y

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:10:56 +0000
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=B4WSCqin5DH33O2fSFW4+QGvAzP+A2MAD2QBz@mail.gmail.com>
To: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
I think authoring conformance requrements are not served well by the living
standard  model, there is no certainty over the  rules that authors should
also including things that are half-baked (hgroup springs to mind) in a
standard can potentially mislead developers,  waste time thier time and
undermine the concept of web (authoring) standards.

While the commit then review may be a useful method for the development of
new features, it does not follow that it is a good method for the authoring
practices that accompany features.

On 24 January 2011 12:59, Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> wrote:

> On 24/01/2011 11:39, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> > On Mon, 24 Jan 2011 12:21:39 +0100, Joshue O Connor
> > <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> wrote:
> >> Yes, but from an a11y focus. The lack of vendor involvement in the spec
> >> development, and this latest move will make the resolution of issues
> >> such as <canvas> etc much harder. We shall see if this is the case in
> >> time, I guess.
> >
> > Vendors not being involved sounds like the real problem here. And
> > historically snapshot-based specifications have not helped with that.
> Exactly. I guess there is little we can do about it at this point.
> > Witness some of the accessibility features added in HTML4. You have to
> > design something that all parties are interested in supporting. (Just
> > stating some general observations here; not trying to say anything about
> > <canvas> as frankly I am not too familiar with the current state of
> > affairs.)
> Also agreed, in fact is it just as well if something isn't explicitly an
> "accessibility thing" just something that works for lots of diverse
> users. There is much in the spec that is very welcome, and will make the
> web more accessible, I'm just not convinced the current development is
> the best move.
> Anyway, we shall see.
> Cheers
> Josh

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG

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