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[Bug 10914] Allow multiple space separated values for the ARIA role attribute

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Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2010 12:51:46 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10914

--- Comment #7 from Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi> 2010-10-04 12:51:46 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #5)
> Does the WAI-ARIA draft define the format for the role attribute?

ARIA defines the characteristics of the attribute
http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/host_languages#host_general_role
...but says the host language "will provide" it.

(In reply to comment #4)
> if this is correct where is the role attribute defined in the html5 spec?

http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#global-attributes says: "To
enable assistive technology products to expose a more fine-grained interface
than is otherwise possible with HTML elements and attributes, a set of
annotations for assistive technology products can be specified (the ARIA role
and aria-* attributes)."

I guess for avoidance of doubt, the HTML5 spec should be edited to make it
unambiguous that the paragraph I quoted means to "provide" the attributes whose
characteristics are defined in
http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/host_languages#host_general_role
and
http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/host_languages#host_general_attrs

(In reply to comment #6)
> The Role Attribute draft defines the format as above, see link in comment #0.

No, that's the old XHTML2 WG role attribute that allows URIs and CURIEs. That's
not the ARIA-only role attribute that HTML5 is integrating with. ARIA was
specifically modified to no longer normatively refer to the Role
Attribute/Module draft, since the Role Attribute/Module draft doesn't represent
consensus among ARIA implementors or reflect implementation reality. (AFAIK,
implementations don't support CURIE resolution in role.)

It's really unfortunate that work on
http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/WD-role-attribute-20100916/ hasn't been terminated by
publishing it as a tombstone Note, since the document now generates confusion
about such as comment 0 suggesting that the document were normative over HTML5
conformance checkers.

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