RE: FW: acronym in title...

I agree it would be a good idea to support phrasal markup within the
<title> element.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Charles McCathieNevile []
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 7:41 am
To: Richard Ishida
Subject: Re: FW: acronym in title...

with my i18n IG hat (rarely worn I notice) on I think this makes good

I would also suggest that this follows from the requirement in XML
Accessibility Guidelines to have equivalent alternatives in a way which
are flexible (checkpoints 1.1 and 1.2) -



On Thu, 13 Mar 2003, Richard Ishida wrote:

 >Dear I18N IG and GEO TF,
 >Please see the attached note for a real-life instance of a person
 >wanting to apply markup (span and abbr) within the <title> element.
 >(This element only supports PCDATA in HTML4.01 and XHTML2.0). The need
 >below is raised due to accessibility concerns. There may also be
 >requirements to apply other phrasal markup, for example a span to
 >support bidi attributes in Arabic and Hebrew contexts.  I'd like to
 >propose that the HTML group introduce support for phrasal markup in the

 >title element in XHTML 2.0 (I assume it's too late for HTML 4.01).
 >We can also make this request more generic.  In a recent paper I argued

 >that dtd designers should avoid putting ANY localisable text into
 >attributes where possible.  An example of this is the alt attribute in
 >HTML 4.01.  The text in alt sometimes needs span or bdo elements to
 >support bidirectionality or language changes (particularly for voice
 >browsers).  In principle other phrasal tags could be useful too, such
 >as em.  To assist localisation it would also be very useful to be able
 >to attach an id to the alt text.  (In DTDs I design myself, I have used

 >an image element that includes separate graphic and alt elements to get

 >around this.)
 >Although it perhaps presents a somewhat more difficult case, the title
 >attribute calls for the same treatment.  In addition, it is quite
 >possible that the title text is in a different language to the text in
 >the element to which it is attached.  How do you make that clear if the

 >title text is in an attribute?
 >So I'm proposing that we ask the HTML group to consider:
 >1.	allowing phrasal markup on the title element for XHTML2
 >2.	avoiding the use of attributes containing localisable text
 >wherever feasible
 >Comments? Thoughts?
 >Richard Ishida
 >tel: +44 1753 480 292
 >-----Original Message-----
 >From: [] On
 >Behalf Of Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG
 >Sent: 11 March 2003 09:47
 >To: WCAG List
 >Subject: acronym in title...
 >I forward the question of an IWA member:
 >I have a small issue that I am hoping you can help me with.  I am
 >trying to create web pages with the new standard XTML, following the
 >rules for accessibility set down by WCAG and Internationalizations..
 >1) Example: "<title>Home Page - Spiegazioni della direttiva WCAG del
 >World Wide Web Consortium</title>"
 >    On this example there is a mix of english words and italian words
 >because the page is wrote in italian language and is related to
 >argument that could not be translated in italian. I can understand that

 >I can use "Pagina Principale" instead of "Home Page" even if is not so
 >nice, but I should use <acronym> for WCAG and english spelling for
 >"World Wide Web Consortium". I repeat this is only an example but the
 >concept is: how can I switch language or how can I show acronyms inside

 >"string" attribute?

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