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Re: Implementing aria: -- examples and methodology

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 17:17:30 +0100
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Cc: <www-tag@w3.org>
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Bjoern Hoehrmann writes:

> You actually deliver text/html to e.g. Internet Explorer 6 for either.

That's because it doesn't include application/xhtml+xml in its Accept
header, and is known to not support that Mime type.  In other words,
I'm following the standard recommendations of the W3C in this regard.

> As it is defined, a node created using .setAttribute('x:y', 'example')
> has neither namespace name nor local name. What is the XPath syntax to
> select an attribute that has neither namespace name nor local name?

The DOM specifications are, unfortunately, underspecified in this
area, and not surprisingly the consequence is that different browsers
do different things. . .

> The DOM Level 1 methods create nodes that are incompatible with any and
> all namespace-sensitive technology -- unless you change their definition
> in some way, so I was hoping there was more to your proposal than you've
> revealed so far. If there isn't, you should probably note this problem
> in your proposal.

I'm not sure what you mean here.  We can't change DOM Level 1, or IE
6, for example.  So either you publish pages which simply don't work
with IE 6, or you work around the differences.

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