Almost two years after I first raised the issue (to a reaction from the cabal that runs the microformats “community” which began with denial and moved to hostility) the BBC have stopped using the hCalendar microformat due to accessibility concerns.
Maybe now something can be done to incorporate one of the several, more accessible proposed work-arounds, into the relevant standards?
Thanks to Bruce Lawson and Patrick Lauke for breaking the news.
Update: Patrick now has a post on the subject, at webstandards.org
It’s one year today since Bruce Lawson and James Craig published “hAccessibility“, about the misuse of the ‘abbr’ element in microformats (an issue I first raised on 20 September 2006 in Accessify Forums).
As recent events show, the microformats cabal still has its collective head up its own^W^W^W in the sand.
Despite suggestions for a workaround, a solution seems no nearer, thanks to their apparent indifference. Shame on them.