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Re: Promise broken on ISSUE 204?

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 15:17:01 -0700
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@microsoft.com>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
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To: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>

On May 7, 2012, at 3:03 PM, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com> wrote:

> I have my own problems with this text, but can we unpick Maciej's
> objection a little?


> As far as I know, nobody has put forward a single example where they
> are happy to declare that placing accessibility-related content in
> @hidden would be better for users and authors than alternative
> techniques. So it seems bizarre that we are talking about preventing
> @hidden meeting its original use cases in service of such usage.

To be clear, the concern I am conveying here is about what browsers may do when authors point to @hidden content with aria-describedby. I believe a requirement that content is to be presented, but only in plaintext flattened form, never with semantics, is needlessly limiting. I personally have no personal opinion on whether this construct should be conforming for authors. I don't believe your arguments are responsive to the concern about mandatory flattening.

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