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[Bug 27120] New: Advice unclear on role of separator and lists

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Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:02:34 +0000
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            Bug ID: 27120
           Summary: Advice unclear on role of separator and lists
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec
          Assignee: dave.null@w3.org
          Reporter: heydon@heydonworks.com
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-admin@w3.org,

I received a github issue [https://github.com/Heydon/REVENGE.CSS/issues/12] for
my revenge.css project which informs me that the spec precludes the use of
role="separator" on list items

The spec reads that <li>s MUST only have one role of


However, the separator role (http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/roles#separator) is
stated to have the purpose of "distinguishing sections of content or groups of

Since <li>s can take a role of menuitem and the only legitimate siblings of
<li>s within <ul>s and <ol>s are other <li>s, these two pieces of advice appear
to be mutually contradictory.

The related concept for role="separator" is stated as the <hr> element. This
implies that an <hr> would be a legitimate sibling of a menuitem, but not a
listitem (which is an explicit <li>). 

If this is correct, why? And if it is not correct, can we please allow the role
of separator on <li> as author advice.

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