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Re: FORMAL OBJECTION (was RE: Working Group Decision on ISSUE-204 aria-hidden)

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:56:25 -0700
Cc: 'Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis' <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>, 'Sam Ruby' <rubys@intertwingly.net>, public-html@w3.org, 'HTML Accessibility Task Force' <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
Message-id: <09638779-5B6C-40B6-BE84-77A0D95CA92C@apple.com>
To: John Foliot <john@foliot.ca>

On Aug 14, 2012, at 5:39 PM, John Foliot <john@foliot.ca> wrote:

> 
> Yet, that is what we sort of have, or have proposals for, today. Maciej has commented extensively on how VoiceOver might do this and that,

I also explained what it does today.

> but we've not heard from any other implementer how this would work,

It would be great to hear from other implementors of assistive technologies or browser-side accessibility code.

> and it places the burden of a mouth-stick user to always run VoiceOver,
> and then somehow magically trigger the non-visible link using their stick (or something like that... it is all very unclear how this would actually support such a user).

I'm pretty sure I didn't suggest that. I don't think a mouth-stick user who is not visually impaired would ever be exposed to the link, because they would not have access to the description. At least in Safari, aria-describedby is only ever exposed via output-side assistive technologies. If we implemented the "encouraged" behavior, I would not expect that to change.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 03:56:22 GMT

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