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Bug 20224 - Consider defining abbr="" for <td> elements
Summary: Consider defining abbr="" for <td> elements
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML a11y Task Force (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows NT
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: steve faulkner
QA Contact: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
Keywords: a11ytf
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-12-03 23:17 UTC by Erika Doyle Navara
Modified: 2014-03-08 19:49 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Description Erika Doyle Navara 2012-12-03 23:17:03 UTC
As noted in the comments of, abbr="" is useful and used for <td> elements as well as for <th> elements.

13614 was fixed (abbr has been defined for th) in time for the CR period of HTML5.0. As a follow up, I asked the filer (James Nurthen) about the use of abbr on td elements, and he noted that although abbr on th was his primary concern, the best outcome with regards to web accessibility would be to allow abbr on both td and th elements.

Filing this for consideration in HTML5.1
Comment 1 Silvia Pfeiffer 2012-12-07 11:24:16 UTC
I think this is already covered in the current spec through your commit:

I'd like to put forward to use Ian's proposed sentence at:

I am finding it hard to come up with a use case for abbr on td while it's common on th.
Comment 2 Silvia Pfeiffer 2012-12-07 11:25:59 UTC
adding a11y TF keyword to get feedback
Comment 3 Erika Doyle Navara 2012-12-07 23:14:00 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)
> I think this is already covered in the current spec through your commit:

It would probably also involve some IDL tweaking to move abbr="" up a level to the HTMLTableCellElement interface (inherited by both td and th):
...along with moving the definition and example to that place in the spec.

> I'd like to put forward to use Ian's proposed sentence at:
> instead.

For now at least, maybe we should go ahead and merge in Ian's change, to keep things consistent in the spec?
Comment 4 Edward O'Connor 2012-12-18 18:59:51 UTC
Yes, let's merge Ian's change in.
Comment 5 Robin Berjon 2013-01-21 15:58:38 UTC
Mass move to "HTML WG"
Comment 6 Robin Berjon 2013-01-21 16:01:25 UTC
Mass move to "HTML WG"
Comment 7 steve faulkner 2013-03-30 16:34:19 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: agree with Comment 1, if anyone can provide uses cases for abbr on td feel free to re-open.
Comment 8 Mark Sadecki 2014-03-08 19:49:36 UTC
Discussed in HTML Accessibility TF Meeting on 30 JAN 2014

RESOLVED to consider for HTML 5.1

Moved to HTML a11y Task Force component on 08 MAR 2014 for additional info.