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Bug 8522 - Authoring Tool editing mechanisms
Summary: Authoring Tool editing mechanisms
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: pre-LC1 HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson) (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P3 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Ian 'Hixie' Hickson
QA Contact: HTML WG Bugzilla archive list
Keywords: a11y
Depends on:
Reported: 2009-12-18 16:46 UTC by Jeanne Spellman
Modified: 2010-10-04 13:56 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description Jeanne Spellman 2009-12-18 16:46:24 UTC
HTML5 says (in the section "Authoring tools and markup generators"):
"Authoring tools are expected to come in two broad varieties: tools that
work from structure or semantic data, and tools that work on a
What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get media-specific editing basis (WYSIWYG). The
former is the preferred mechanism for tools that author HTML, since
the structure in the source information can be used to make informed
choices regarding which HTML elements and attributes are most appropriate."

AUWG Comment:
It seems subjective to prefer an editing mechanism. Perhaps this should
be clearly marked as "informative".
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2010-01-06 12:17:58 UTC
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: This isn't really subjective, it's simply a fact that you are more likely to create accessible (and conforming) documents if you are working at the semantic level rather than at a presentational level. I don't think that softening this would be productive. Readers should be made very aware of this problem with the WYSIWYG approach, at least until such time as the state of the art in WYSIWYG editors improves significantly.
Comment 2 Michael Cooper 2010-02-11 17:26:29 UTC
Per the proposal at, the HTML A11Y TF does not plan to formally work on this issue at this time. This does not mean the TF has no interest in it, but does not have immediate plans to work on it. The TF may review the issue in the future.