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Re: recommended attribute use in hierarchies?

From: Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:10:38 -0800
Cc: w3c WAI List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <497B434E-1587-46EE-BEBE-06CC4E351585@cfcl.com>
To: Olaf Drümmer <olaf.lists@druemmer.com>
> On Feb 6, 2017, at 01:07, Olaf Drümmer <olaf.lists@druemmer.com> wrote:
> 
> So - equal access not a goal?  Shouldn't every aspect be accessible?
> (and of course any user could/should be able to set up his/her tooling
> to only present some of those aspects...)

Ideally, users should be able to configure their readers to show any
desired subset of the available information.  However, in the world of
closed source software, users are prevented from selecting options that
the software authors failed to include.  Even in an open source app,
modifying and rebuilding the code may be beyond the user's limits of
skill and/or patience.  So, the default settings and easily available
options will constrain the available options for most users.

In the case of list items, several aspects of formatting (e.g., the
shape and color of the bullet, the amount of indentation) are used to
convey the level of the item.  However, the level is the key piece of
semantic and structural information.  So, I'd present that, by default.

-r

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