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Re: Use of BSTR in MSAA VARIANT

From: Alexander Surkov <surkov.alexander@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 16:50:58 -0500
Message-ID: <CA+epNseDywk8SC=bbzmF9MaQ6PtpHG8XRnx_-sRim-1=Dy2JhQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "jason@accessibleculture.org" <jason@accessibleculture.org>
Cc: steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@microsoft.com>, Rich Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, David Bolter <dbolter@mozilla.com>, Joseph Scheuhammer <clown.idi@gmail.com>, "W3C WAI Protocols & Formats" <public-pfwg@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Hi. I don't see any practical benefits of dropping BSTR hack. Also I would
avoid to wake up a sleeping dog, I'm not sure who may have dependencies on
it.
Thanks.
Alexander.


On Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM, jason@accessibleculture.org <
jason@accessibleculture.org> wrote:

> Looking for folks' opinions on how we relate, in the HTML to accessibility
> API mappings, Firefox and Chrome's use of VARIANT to return the tag name as
> string (BSTR) for elements without established roles in MSAA.
>
> I think we had decided at one point that since this approach isn't
> "described by the MSAA specification", we wouldn't indicate or promote it
> as a preferred mapping in the actual mapping tables, but instead just
> include a note about it [1]. The note exists [2], but we still have this
> use of BSTR noted in the MSAA + IA2 mappings themselves, for example, see
> the mapping for abbr [3].
>
> Am I right in thinking, one, that Mozilla is looking at dropping the "BSTR
> hack" [4], and two, that the individual element mappings for MSAA + IA2
> shouldn't include this use of BSTR?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Jason
>
> [1] https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=16769#c3
> [2]
> http://rawgithub.com/w3c/html-api-map/master/index.html#use-of-msaa-variant-by-some-user-agents
> [3] http://rawgithub.com/w3c/html-api-map/master/index.html#el-abbr
> [4] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=798492
>
> Jason Kiss
> jason@accessibleculture.org
> http://www.accessibleculture.org
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