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Re: conformance checker for HTML+ARIA?

From: David Dorward <david@dorward.me.uk>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 13:19:21 +0100
Message-ID: <48E21949.3080202@dorward.me.uk>
To: Aaron M Leventhal <aleventh@us.ibm.com>
CC: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org>, Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, wai-xtech-request@w3.org, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, www-validator@w3.org, hsivonen@iki.fi

Aaron M Leventhal wrote:
> W3C can use a multi-pronged solution:
> 1. Short term: create new DTD and ask W3C to host it. It can be
> considered "beta" for now.  It needs to include HTML 4 + tabindex
> changes (allow negative numbers and on any element) + WAI-ARIA.
The prose of HTML 4.01 is explicit as to the values allowed. A DTD
claiming to be HTML 4.01 should not add laxness to allow additional
non-conforming values to be valid.
> 3. Long term: W3C needs to develop a strategy around what validation
> really means in the age of dynamic content.  Getting around validation
> by inserting content via script is happening. I'm seeing developers
> recommend that ARIA is inserted dynamically onload, just for that
> reason. Seems not to be useful.
This has been happening for as long as I've been involved in the WWW
(over a decade). Validation is a tool, if authors don't use it properly,
they aren't going to get its benefits. It's their loss more than anyone

David Dorward
Received on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 12:20:15 UTC

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