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Re: relaxation on @role integration [was: Re: let's talk about it [was: Re: Can we put up ...]]

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:21:11 -0500
Message-ID: <474F3B57.80000@w3.org>
To: XHTML 2 WG <public-xhtml2@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-pf@w3.org

Hi, Folks-

Excellent news.  I think this is a very pragmatic solution.  Thanks, 
everyone.

I'm still unsure that this can make it into SVG 1.2 Tiny, but I'm 
reasonably sure it can make it into the subsequent version.  That said, 
I see no conflicts in implementing it in SVG 1.1 UAs, since it shouldn't 
conflict with any past or future functionality; in a way, having this 
particular bit formalized in a spec can be done post-facto.

Note that content (which would otherwise be strict SVG 1.1) that 
contains @role has a small chance of breaking some legacy SVG 1.1 UAs. 
However, I have tested the most common ones (Batik, Opera, Firefox, 
Safari, Adobe SVG Viewer), and it caused no problems; it did not break 
any rendering, and it was accessible via a DOM getAttribute call in each 
of them.

So, pending this actually making it into the Role spec, I personally 
consider this issue resolved.  Note that I don't speak for Chris Lilley, 
and he may have some other concern (though I suspect not).

I will continue to lobby for the inclusion of @role in the next SVG spec.

Regards-
-Doug Schepers
W3C Staff Contact, SVG, CDF, and WebAPI


Roland Merrick wrote (on 11/29/2007 1:17 PM):
> Greetings Doug, Al is correct. We discussed this at the recent face to 
> face in Boston and agreed to enable @role to be incorporated into another 
> language if that is what the language designers want. This is in addition 
> to its present definition in the xhtml namespace. The XHTML Role Attribute 
> Module will be updated in the near future and published as a second Last 
> Call Working Draft.
> 
> Regards, Roland
> FBCS, CITP
> IBM Software Group, Strategy, Software Standards
Received on Thursday, 29 November 2007 22:21:23 UTC

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