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[Bug 11557] Authors should not be allowed to specify roles on elements that they already have by default

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Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 23:02:23 +0000
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--- Comment #21 from Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3cbug@gmail.com> 2011-01-13 23:02:20 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #14)
> Comment 11 suggests that it's acceptable for a site with only a few AT users to
> not be accessible to those AT users, which seems counter to what I normally
> hear from the accessibility community.

I was assuming that comment 9 was only talking about relatively old AT, which
would get fixed.  In that case, even if some AT users can't use the content
now, they would be able to if they switched to different AT or upgraded, which
presumably they'd do within a few years.  Spec requirements to account for
these would be immediately obsolescent.

This is not comparable to a site which is not accessible to AT users period. 
It's more like sites dropping support for IE6.

If comment 9 was actually talking about a situation where some AT didn't assign
the correct roles natively even in the latest version and wasn't going to
change reasonably soon, that would be a serious issue with that AT's role
implementation, and I'd question the reasonableness of trying to impose
burdensome authoring requirements to work around a clearly deficient

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