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Re: ARIA Proposal

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 09:52:25 +0300
Message-Id: <3247F4C7-E00D-4C87-B306-6A24B4EA6243@iki.fi>
Cc: public-html@w3.org, wai-xtech@w3.org
To: Sander Tekelenburg <st@isoc.nl>

On Oct 5, 2007, at 04:33, Sander Tekelenburg wrote:

> At 13:11 +0200 UTC, on 2007-10-01, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
>
>> On Mon, 01 Oct 2007 12:27:52 +0200, Matthew Raymond
>> <mattraymond@earthlink.net> wrote:
>
> [... @role]
>
>> It's part of the hopefully short-term, stop-gap measure, that  
>> provides
>> "afterthought" accessibility for widgets created using JavaScript,  
>> HTML
>> and CSS.
>
> I can't follow. I thought @role indicates meaning. What does  
> accessibility
> have to do with this?

Accessibility is the motivation for communicating the meaning. The  
ARIA proposal is about communicating meanings that are applicable to  
AT integration.

Turning role='' into a catch-all device risks turning it into  
<object>--something that does everything in theory but doesn't do any  
of it well in practice.

-- 
Henri Sivonen
hsivonen@iki.fi
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/
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