RE: <dialog> and the

I agree Aaron,

I think we need to realise that many people who write html are not
techies and this is where this subtlety will prove even more confusing.
I am an advocate of simplicity and clear language and as such I think it
is much more preferable to call the html5 tag exactly what it is. 


Sally Cain
Digital Accessibility Development Officer

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Aaron M Leventhal
Sent: 28 January 2009 08:10
To: Ian Hickson
Subject: Re: <dialog> and the

Are you sure it's not HTML 5 that's confusing? 

I always thought that in the world of software terminology, a dialog was
a dialog box, and a dialogue was a conversation. 
A lot of other developers will think that too, when they see there is an
HTML tag called dialog. 

Why not just call it a conversation if that's what it is? 

- Aaron 

From: 	Ian Hickson <> 
Date: 	01/28/2009 03:44 AM 
Subject: 	<dialog> and the


A couple of months ago it was pointed out that HTML5's <dialog> and
"dialog" role are confusingly similar in name.

We (the HTML5 community) had previously tried to find a better name for 
<dialog> to avoid this confusion, and I just went through a series of 
proposals again trying to find a better name, but I haven't been able to

find a good alternative.

Is there any chance I could convince the you to rename the ARIA role 
"dialog" to something more explicitly about dialog boxes instead? e.g. 
"dialogbox" or "dialogwindow".

That would be of great help in keeping the vocabularies free of

For background, this thread started here:

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