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Re: ARIA Coding

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 13:01:08 +0000
Message-ID: <4969ED94.8060403@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Ryan Jean wrote:
> Iím sorry everybody, but I am a visual learner. I am looking for a demo 
> or tutorial on all the coding for ARIA. I like to see every tag, option, 
> what each one does, an example of each, and a visual of each result.

I haven't had time to research ARIA properly, and, as an employee would 
probably only use it indirectly, if MS Reporting Services were ever to 
use it, however, my understanding is that ARIA is not a WYSIWYG 
technology, so a visual demonstration would be useless, except for a 
specific piece of assistive technology.

As I understand it, the purpose is to allow designers to produce any 
visual effect they like, on a normal browser, without worrying about the 
deep semantics of elements, whilst telling assistive technology what 
control would have been used in a very straightforward semantic markup. 
  E.g., if as commonly done, links are used with button semantics, the 
ARIA would tell the assistive technology that what is visually a link is 
really a button.

I think it goes further, in that it allows the identification of 
semantic elements, like side menus, that have never existed as HTML 

As I said, I haven't really researched this, so may have got completely 
the wrong end of the stick.
David Woolley
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