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[Bug 18245] Conveying state of an Active tab in tabbed panels to Assistive Technologies like screen readers

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Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:58:17 +0000
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--- Comment #4 from steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> 2012-09-13 18:58:17 UTC ---
(In reply to comment #1)
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> Status: Rejected
> Rationale: Tabs are a presentational effect that can (and in a number of cases
> is) be done in such a way as to be AT friendly. If standardised this could be
> better handled through CSS.

Hi Robin, claiming it is a presentational effect appears to be at odds with
every accessibility API which provide distinct roles to identify the semantic
structures of tabs [1](tab, tablist, tabpanels) which are implemented across
OS's and platforms. They are provided because almost all UI languages have tab
widgets. tabs are not merely presentational they are UI controls and have a
role and states and properties that cannot be handled by CSS. 

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/aria-implementation/#mapping_role

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