[html5] dialog

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Nov 26 14:52:12 PST 2008

On Wed, 26 Nov 2008, James Craig wrote:
> On Nov 26, 2008, at 1:53 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
> > On Wed, 26 Nov 2008, James Craig wrote:
> > > 
> > > No, dialog is intended as the DOM equivalent of a application dialog 
> > > window; for example, a modal alert window. It refers to the dialog 
> > > between the user and the application, not the conversational dialog 
> > > between users.
> > 
> > Actually that's quite the opposite. :-) Could you elaborate on where 
> > in the spec you got this impression? I should definitely clear that 
> > up.
> I was confused, as I thought the element overlapped ARIA's dialog role 
> directly. Given that there is a conflict between the two drafts, I've 
> raised the issue to the PFWG. Hopefully we can come to a reconciliation; 
> here are the respective links in each of the Editor's Drafts.
> ARIA dialog role
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/aria/#dialog
> HTML5 dialog element
> http://www.w3.org/html/wg/html5/#the-dialog-element

Cool, thanks. I wouldn't mind changing the HTML5 element's name, but we 
had a discussion at one point where we considered something like two dozen 
names and frankly <dialog> was the best one of the lot.

We may at some point need to add a dialog box or model window concept of 
some kind to HTML, though, so if there is a better name for one or the 
other of these concepts it would be good to know now so that <dialog> can 
be renamed if necessary.

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