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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, 

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.

-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
> IBM Software Group, Strategy, Software Standards
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