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ARIA integration in HTML 5

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 09:53:48 +0100
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To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Moving beyond the summary attribute dispute to something I consider
much more important.

ARIA integration in HTML 5, to date there is no mention of ARIA in the
HTML 5 spec, I understand that the editor is waiting for ARIA last
call comments before proceeding, but there is already  1 complete
implementation in IE 8 and 1 pretty much complete implementation in
Firefox, while many of the features of HTML 5 have not been
implemented in any browsers as yet, so i don't understand why work
cannot start.

One lesson we can take from the summary attribute, is that in order to
progress with ARIA we need a modified process.
summary is one attribute, which has taken up countless hours of peoples time.
ARIA has 60 odd attributes and a role attribute with 60 odd values. If
we (the html working group) deal with ARIA the same way as the summary
attribute, it will be unworkable.

thoughts?
-- 
with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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