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dealing with AT behaviour Re: User agent support of SUMMARY attribute in tables

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 10:54:42 +1100
Cc: "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: "Jon Hanna" <jon@spin.ie>
Message-Id: <E0344775-2E64-11D7-8E6F-000A95678F24@sidar.org>

Yes, it would be ideal to be able to provide information. I think that 
the title attribute is the one that is relevant, since it describes the 
role of the element within the document. So we have the bind of whether 
to guess which user agent is most popular and write rules for it, 
changing them as soon as a different piece of software with different 
behaviour becomes more popular, or to provide suggestions for 
standards, suggest that people start by assuming standards support, and 
then look at workarounds for particular implementations that don't get 
it right but may be popular (because they get it more right than 
others, because they are given to people who cannot then replace them, 
or for whatever other reason people use broken tools).



On Thursday, Jan 23, 2003, at 01:16 Australia/Melbourne, Jon Hanna 

>> the difference here is that while alt="" shows nothing, summary="" 
>> will
>> still say summary.
> Okay. That rules out summary="" in practice, with current AT 
> behaviour, but
> would it be better to use summary like this in theory (and have AT keep
> quiet)?
Charles McCathieNevile           charles@sidar.org
Fundación SIDAR                       http://www.sidar.org
Received on Wednesday, 22 January 2003 18:55:08 UTC

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