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[Bug 20118] New: Several clarifications / suggestions for improvement

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Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:37:10 +0000
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            Bug ID: 20118
           Summary: Several clarifications / suggestions for improvement
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: maincontent element
          Assignee: faulkner.steve@gmail.com
          Reporter: silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: public-html@w3.org

Here are a few suggestions for how to clarify the specification of <main>:

* Introduce a "Note" that essentially says: The <main> element can be thought
of as the element that encapsulates the area on the page that you would point
out to a blind user as containing the core information of the page.

* Explain the second note better: "Authors are advised to use ARIA role=main
attribute on the main element until user agents implement the required role
mapping." Add something like: "The <main> element provides a landmark for
accessibility technology [link to ARIA landmarks], which eg. allows a blind
user to gain directly access to this part of the Web page.

* The examples could be much clearer if they didn't (just) include <header>,
<nav> and <footer> elements, but others, in particular after <header> and
before <main>. For example an iframe with an ad.

* I think that the <nav> in the example should not be part of the <main>
section, because it's a landmark that can already be directly accessed.
However, I think it might make sense to include two examples that differ on
this point to explain that both are valid and both are useful for a11y users
because in both cases they get the a11y user closer to "where the action is".

* I think the "Guidance for User Agents and HTML specification editors" section
needs to include something about which element should be chosen as the "main"
landmark if there are both a <main> element and a role=main and they are

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