[uf-discuss] Hcalendar in bbc.co.uk/programmes
Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk
Thu Dec 13 01:27:00 PST 2007
Cc-ing (hopefully) interested bbc parties
Long time no hear
On 12/12/07 19:02, "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
> In message <C37C79FD.85A3%Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk>, Michael
> Smethurst <Michael.Smethurst at bbc.co.uk> writes
>> Just to say that hCalendar is used fairly extensively to describe
>> broadcasts on bbc.co.uk/programmes
>> Having said that it's not been through accessibility testing yet so it
>> might not be for long...
> It will be interesting to know the outcome of that testing, in the light
> of mark-up like:
> <abbr class="dtstart" title="2007-12-12T16:03:00Z">
> and the issues raised here:
I concur wholeheartedly with your concerns. The markup is definitely iffy
from both semantic and accessibility angles. Do you have a better suggestion
for how to mark up a set of broadcasts without repeatedly repeating the full
date(s)? As ever we're happy to receive assistance
I'm also looking forward to hearing the accessibility testing results. To
the best of my knowledge it's the first time ufs have been used in anger on
bbc.co.uk and the bbc semantic markup standards  and accessibility
standards  have nothing to say on the subject
Personally i've been pushing for the bbc to adopt rdf-a for adding semantics
to html but without operator / promised firefox support for basic
functionality (add to address book / add to calendar) a decision was made to
stick with ufs for now
So I'd be perfectly happy if the accessibility testing said no, no, no and
we could get explicit guidance from the bbc standards on the abbr design
pattern / backing for rdf-a
> Who's doing it?
The markup or the testing?
The markup was from Phil Gyford  who being both very talented and very
clever also expressed doubts.
The testing will be done by Gareth Ford Williams 
We'll let you know how it pans out
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