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ARIA mapping status

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2010 01:44:36 -0700
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To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Recently, there has been an effort (mainly by Steve Faulkner and myself) to break down the A11Y Task Force's proposal for ARIA mappings into a set of fine-grained bugs. The root bug for this is <http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=10066>. At the suggestion of my fellow co-chairs, I am posting a status report on this effort.


- 13 points of agreement (apparent consensus)
- 1 clear point of disagreement (escalated)
- 10 items with next action on proposal authors
- 2 items with next action on editor
- 1 item with next action on PFWG
- 1 other

= No Action Needed; consensus found =

'math should be changed changed from no role to "math" role'
  -> RESOLVED WONTFIX; A11Y TF proposal has been updated to match

'<input type=file> has "button" role, but is typically a compound control'

'menu type=context should have "menu" role'
   -> RESOLVED WONTFIX; A11 TF proposal has been updated to match

'<link> that represents a hyperlink should probably have no role by default'
   -> RESOLVED WONTFIX; A11 TF proposal has been updated to match

'ARIA section does not list elements that have no default role or role restrictions'

'Certain elements with no role should have that as a strong semantic'

'Consider limiting the roles of certain media and plugin elements'
  -> RESOLVED FIXED (partial fix, but A11Y TF proposal is already updated for the difference)

'Consider restricting the roles allowed for the label element'

'provide correct aria mapping and role info for the table element'

'References to "image" ARIA role should be "img"'

'Allow radio buttons and checkboxes to be used as radio and check menu items respectively'

'"ARIA restricts usage of this role to one per page" is an unclear statement'

'fix error in aria conformance checker advice'

= No Action Needed; disagreement has been escalated =

'ARIA roles added to the a element should be conforming in HTML5'

= Next Action on Proposal Authors =

For most of these, the editor has fully or partially rejected a portion of the proposal, with a stated rationale. For each of these, the proposal authors should take one of the following actions:
- If they agree with the rationale given, then please update the proposal to match.
- If they have relevant new information which should be given fresh consideration by the editor, then reopen the bug (but please don't chain-reopen too many times).
- If there is a clear point of disagreement, then mark it TrackerRequest. We can roll all these up into one tracker issue.

'<output> should have a status role by default after all
  -> RESOLVED FIXED -- this was reversed from the original request by consensus of A11Y folks; needs to be updated in the A11Y TF proposal

'Consider broadening the set of allowed roles for command elements'
  -> RESOLVED WONTFIX -- this seems like a philosophical difference at this point so maybe reopening more is not the best course

'onsider allowing various command-like ARIA roles for h1-h6'

'Allow lists to be used as menus or tab sets'
  -> RESOLVED FIXED -- partially accepted except for presentation roles - perhaps should be adjusted in A11Y TF proposal, or else reason for "presentation" specifically should be given.

'Consider documenting attributes that map to ARIA properties in a separate table'
  -> RESOLVED WONTFIX (as a side note, it seems like a matter of style how the different tables are broken down, so maybe we can let this one slide)

'merge ARIA mapping tables and list'
  -> RESOLVED WONTFIX (again, it seems like a matter of style how the different tables are broken down, so maybe we can let this one slide)

'provide a comprehensive HTML5 to accessibility API mapping reference'
  -> RESOLVED WONTFIX -- note, this requests a spec change that is not reflected in the proposal 

'provide headings in the WAI-ARIA section of the spec to make it easier to understand'
  -> RESOLVED WONTFIX (seems purely an editorial matter again; is this really important?)

'modify aria example and fix spelling;
  -> RESOLVED NEEDSINFO -- partially addressed but request for additional info

details element
  -> no bug on this, but proposal authors agreed that what is in spec generally makes sense; proposal needs updating

= Next Action on Editor =

'add role=radiogroup to details element'
  -> reopened; needs new response from editor

'The img element with non-empty alt should default to the img aria role'
  -> reopened; needs new response from editor

= Next Action on PFWG =

'modify table, tr and td roles'
  -> RESOLVED WONTFIX -- there seems to be a dispute over what the ARIA spec says here and what it should say; no consensus even among PWFWG members.
  -> I have submitted a comment to PFWG which sparked a thread: <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-pfwg-comments/2010JulSep/0029.html>

= Other =

'provide clear user friendly links to WAI-ARIA documents in the ARIA section of the spec'
  -> RESOLVED LATER -- editor proposes to do this later using an automatic cross-reference tool. Strikes me as reasonable.
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