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Re: Proposal for "Cascading Attribute Sheets" - like CSS, but for attributes!

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2012 14:22:53 +0300
Message-ID: <CAJQvAudMM7uRT8+Q2ySV84vsGtN=CQZ744SKpA37eVD5syj=gQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:
> Similarly, some of the a11y folks have recently been talking about
> applying aria-* attributes via CSS, again, because it's just so much
> more convenient.

What's the rationale for this radical change of mind? Back when ARIA
was introduced, the a11y wanted to specifically avoid the introduction
of reflecting DOM properties for the ARIA attributes in order to force
authors to use setAttribute() so that JAWS could retrieve the ARIA
data via COM in ARIA-unaware legacy IE.

If the a11y folks were so serious about being compatible with IE7 a
few years ago, why isn't there now similar concern that applying ARIA
by a new mechanism would leave behind IE10 and earlier, which,
presumably, currently have the same sort of expected enterprise
lifespan as IE7 had when aria was introduced?

Henri Sivonen
Received on Friday, 5 October 2012 11:23:21 UTC

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