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Extension spec for hgroup (Was: Re: Getting HTML5 to Recommendation in 2014)

From: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:49:51 +0200
Message-ID: <505A3DFF.1040508@kosek.cz>
To: Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
CC: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "w3c-wai-pf@w3.org" <w3c-wai-pf@w3.org>, "public-html-a11y@w3.org" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, "Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net> (janina@rednote.net)" <janina@rednote.net>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, "Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org> (jbrewer@w3.org)" <jbrewer@w3.org>, Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
On 19.9.2012 22:33, Paul Cotton wrote:

> We encourage discussion of this draft plan in response to this email.
> We will also add this item to the respective agendas of the next
> meetings of the HTML WG, the Accessibility Task Force and the PF WG.


given the stress that the plan gives to modularity and to extension
specs I'm surprised that it doesn't propose creating extension spec for

> 164 hgroup element 
> Retain the current hgroup language in the spec. Note that a number of shipping browsers implement the syntax. Identify the semantics as an at risk feature.

My understanding is that semantic is unclear and browsers implement its
syntax in the same way as for any unknown element. They will simply
parse it into DOM.

Removing hgroup from the core spec and creating separate extension spec
will allow hgroup supporters to work on improving this element at their
own pace. If such approach is proposed for some a11y features as way to
go I don't see why it shouldn't be used for hgroup as well.

Have a nice day,


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