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[Bug 23545] section should only map to region if the section has an accessible name

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Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:58:26 +0000
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--- Comment #3 from steve faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Joshue O Connor from comment #2)
> Currently, the specs mapping of <section> to region is resulting in a poor
> user experience. JAWS for example will announce each <section> element in a
> page as a 'Region'. Previously this had been reserved for ARIA landmark
> element IIRC.
> A page may have a menu with 20 heading items, and if it has several
> <section> elements then this can bloat very quickly with each one being
> announced. Newer version of JAWS (> 13) may allow the user to navigate to
> them via the 'Landmark' quick keys, however this doesn't happen with JAWS 13
> for example. Meaning the user will have ~ 60 <section> elements announced to
> them as they navigate (I've seen this in my work). This is a poor
> implementation of semantics and if continues may devalue them. If nothing
> else it adds to the 'don't do this as its bad for a11y, even if semantically
> correct' kind of argument - which none of us really want to have.

Hi Josh, note that it may not be a semantically correct use of section: read
what the spec says about use of section:

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