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[Bug 10484] default roles for figcaption and caption: Make it simple to achieve accessibility

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Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2010 17:51:48 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10484


Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

           What    |Removed                     |Added
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             Status|NEW                         |RESOLVED
                 CC|                            |ian@hixie.ch
         Resolution|                            |WONTFIX




--- Comment #1 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>  2010-09-07 17:51:48 ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: For <figcaption> and <caption>: ARIA doesn't have a clear role that
fits here, so having a default seems bad — it would be better to let the UA
map things to the accessibility APIs directly, following platform conventions.
On the other hand, there are lots of roles that might fit in various
circumstances, so we don't want to disallow roles. Hence the situation in the
spec now.

I would rather leave magic like defaulting roles based on other roles to the
ARIA spec editors. It doesn't seem like something that would be HTML-specific.
If ARIA could be simplified, the place to do that is the ARIA spec, not the
HTML spec.

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