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Re: html5 editor has a change of tack on ARIA conformance requirements in HTML5

From: David Bolter <david.bolter@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:24:58 -0500
Message-ID: <4D371E6A.6010600@gmail.com>
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
CC: Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@microsoft.com>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
I think this could be a good thing. We might end up with less confusion 
around the idea of 'mapping elements to aria roles', which is not 
something browsers need to do, but is useful for validation tools. I 
think the key is to make sure we have a good 'element to desktop API' 
and good 'aria to desktop API' mapping table(s) so that we can be 
interoperable on the desktops. If having this linked to from the html5 
spec makes it more powerful/legitimate we should argue for that.

Does this make sense?

Aside: wouldn't it be great if the desktop APIs where all the same? /me 
ducks

Cheers,
David

On 19/01/11 5:26 AM, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=11798
>
> "It has been brought to my attention by some browser vendors that 
> browsersdon't actually implement accessibility API annotations exactly 
> the way theARIA spec says to; instead, they have default mappings from 
> HTML directly tothe accessibility APIs that they use unless an 
> explicit role="" has beengiven. So it might make sense to change this 
> section so that it is nothing butconformance criteria for authors, 
> removing the UA conformance criteriarelating to ARIA and platform 
> AAPIs from the HTML spec altogether."
>
> -- 
> with regards
>
> Steve Faulkner
> Technical Director - TPG
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