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FW: [Bug 18745] New: Reword text adopted by ISSUE-204 to avoid certain implications

From: Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:35:04 +0000
To: "public-html-a11y@w3.org" <public-html-a11y@w3.org>
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FYI.

Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada
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Subject: [Bug 18745] New: Reword text adopted by ISSUE-204 to avoid certain implications

https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=18745


           Summary: Reword text adopted by ISSUE-204 to avoid certain
                    implications
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec
        AssignedTo: erika.doyle@microsoft.com
        ReportedBy: eoconnor@apple.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


Currently, the spec says

> User Agents are encouraged to expose the full semantics of hidden 
> elements to Assistive Technology when such elements are referenced 
> from WAI-ARIA attributes such as aria-describedby.

It's come to my attention that some have interpreted this statement to mean that UAs should include hidden="" elements in the ordinary accessibility tree when they happen to be so referenced. Were this true, it would be potentially harmful because users might navigate into that part of the ax tree.

We should try to reword this so that such an interpretation is impossible for people to draw from the statement.

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