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RE: WCAG Curriculum update: May 26, 1999 - 12:30 PM

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 14:20:49 -0400 (EDT)
To: Chuck Letourneau <cpl@starlingweb.com>
cc: allan_jm@tsb1.tsbvi.edu, w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9906021415490.2065-100000@tux.w3.org>

What I tended to do in the tutorials I wrote was to name browsers which had
big bugs in them. And point out that this was a bug, and that using a
work-around to suit the browser would just mess it up for everyone else.

It is a pretty religious position to take, that standards are really
important. Fortunately there are alternatives - just point people to the
browsers which do the job properly - in this case IE, Opera, W3, ...

(also, you probably should avoid class="id" since id is the name of a
possible attribute. So you should have class="identifier" or class="xxx" or
pretty much anything else...



PS I was told that you work with Deirdre Bagot - say hi from me.
PPS Is it wet in all of Ontario, or only in Hamilton?

On Wed, 2 Jun 1999, Chuck Letourneau wrote:

  Charles... you have identified, but not helped solve, the biggest problem
  with the curriculum.  I simply do not know how to do what is "right" and
  have it work on more than one mainstream browser at time.  If I use
  compliant code, the Netscape users out there will see either a broken style
  or possibly even find their system crashing occasionally (mine does!).  If
  I use incompliant code, then both IE and Netscape users will see the
  intended page.  It makes me want to cry, but there it is.  If you have a
  simple solution, I would love to hear it.
  Chuck Letourneau
  At 01/06/99 01:01 PM , Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
  >But removing the quote marks means you have invalid HTML which is a Bad Thing
  >(Pat. Pend.)
  >On Mon, 31 May 1999, Chuck Letourneau wrote:
  >  My fixes or comments are preceded by CPL::
  >  CPL:: This one was due to the fact that Netscape doesn't like quotation
  >  marks around style ID calls (e.g. <div class="id">).  If you write it as
  >  <div class=id> then Netscape understands it.  Again, IE doesn't care one
  >  way or the other.
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