Open Web Platform Weekly Summary – 2011-03-28 – 2011-04-03

When we start writing and or read about the activities around the Open Web Platform, we realize that the Web has never been that active. Everyone is proposing, developping, testing. And even if this weekly news from HTML5 and broader topics seemed to be long, it doesn’t cover everything. It is also important to realize that if you are passionate about one of these topics, the full information is accessible and open. Quite exciting. Some of these topics could be the source of long technical blog posts. If you do, please leave a comment or let me know.

HTML Working Group Decisions

Issues about codecs vs octet and accessibility API mapping have been closed by amicable resolutions. A couple of polls have been opened and some already closed

  • Table borders opened until April 4, 2011
  • u element opened until April 4, 2011
  • playbackrate undefined opened until April 5, 2011
  • “What verbiage should HTML5 use for the first two paragraphs of the img element definition?” opened until April 5, 2011
  • “Where/who will define the requirements on the possible values of text alternative examples?” opened until April 5, 2011
  • “What to do about validation when the image element is missing the alt attribute?” opened until April 5, 2011

RDFa prefixes in HTML5 – ISSUE-120

RDFa is a language to add additional structure to markup already existing. It is a way to extend the hosting language. It uses optional prefixes. Adoption has not been an issue with 501% growth. It has been then decided to clarify the way RDFa prefixes are used in the HTML5 specification. A formal objection by Tab Atkins has been recorded.

summary attribute on table element – ISSUE-32

The summary attribute on table element was a way to give information about the content of the table. It is usually called hidden metadata, because the information is not directly accessible to sighted users such as alt attribute for example. The name “discoverable metadata” is proposed for labelling such attributes. The change proposal which invited to drop the summary attribute has been chosen. This decision has been carefully written. Read it carefully. There are suggestions as usual to reopen the issues with meaningul data and input.




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This column is written by Karl Dubost, working in the Developer Relations & Tools at Opera Software.

One thought on “Open Web Platform Weekly Summary – 2011-03-28 – 2011-04-03

  1. There is just too much to remember and it was better in the good old days when each new product was accompanied by a limited amount of literature.

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