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Re: direct link to latest version of S. Pieters' ARIA Proposal

From: Anthony Grasso <anthony.grasso@cisra.canon.com.au>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2007 14:46:22 +1000
Message-ID: <4705C19E.8020503@cisra.canon.com.au>
To: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
CC: public-xhtml2@w3.org, Simon Pieters <simonp@opera.com>, aleventh@us.ibm.com, www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>

Hi Doug,

I'm trying to think of some use cases for @role to help me understand 
it's purpose better.

So as far as I can tell 'roles' are specified on elements and it kind of 
categorises them? right?

If the above is correct, then I guess this gives implementations the 
option to treat elements in a certain way according to their 'role'?

Or again if the above is correct, a use case would be having an XSLT to 
remove all of the elements that have 'navigation' 'role' when printing?

Is my understanding correct... or have missed the boat completely?

Thanks,

Anthony

Doug Schepers wrote:
> 
> Hi, Folks-
> 
> There's been talk on the public SVG list about adding the 'role' 
> attribute to SVG [1], with follow-ups regarding the XHTML2 Role spec 
> [2][3].
> 
> The proposal seems to be for each language (HTML and SVG) to specify the 
> 'role' attribute in their own namespace, and to reply on namespaces only 
> for the ARIA attributes and taxonomy.
> 
> According to Simon Pieters (on IRC), "the plan is to have the proposal 
> implemented in firefox 3 and opera 9.5".  This is a pretty ambitious 
> schedule... the code (and therefore the spec) would need to be done in 
> days or weeks.
> 
> That seems like it could be good for ARIA, but I don't want to rush to 
> half-solve the problem in a way that would make later extension or 
> functionality difficult.  I also don't want to ignore the research and 
> hard work that went into the Role spec, particularly where it solves 
> issues a simpler spec might not.  But if the spec (and subsequent 
> implementations) that Simon and Aaron have put forward is a compatible 
> subset of the Role spec, that would be a good first step.
> 
> Please let us know what you think.
> 
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-svg/2007Oct/0012.html
> [2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-svg/2007Oct/0021.html
> [3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-svg/2007Oct/0023.html
> 
> Regards-
> -Doug Schepers
> W3C Staff Contact, SVG, CDF, and WebAPI
> 
> 
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