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Using WAI-ARIA in HTML Working Draft Published

From: Mark Sadecki <mark@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:27:45 -0400
Message-ID: <524DC531.9020301@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
CC: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

The HTML Working Group has published an updated Working Draft of Using WAI-ARIA in HTML.
     http://www.w3.org/TR/aria-in-html/

This updated working draft adds an additional section of guidance on the use of WAI-ARIA in HTML5, that all interactive ARIA controls must be usable with the keyboard.  This guidance is in addition to advice that ARIA should be used only when a native element with the semantics and behavior you desire is not already available, and that default semantics should not be overridden unless absolutely necessary.

A complete history of changes is available by viewing the differences between the current draft and it's predecessor [1].

Comments:
Please send any comments on this Draft to the publicly archived HTML Working Group mailing list:
     public-html@w3.org

Background:
Using WAI-ARIA in HTML is a practical guide for developers on how to add accessibility information to HTML elements using the Accessible Rich Internet Applications specification, which defines a way to make Web content and Web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. It especially helps with dynamic content and advanced user interface controls developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript, and related technologies.

This document also contains a comprehensive listing of which ARIA attributes are appropriate to use on each of the elements in HTML5.

Working Groups:
Using WAI-ARIA in HTML was developed by the HTML Accessibility Task Force under the WAI Protocols and Formats Working Group (PFWG) [2] and the HTML Working Group (HTML WG) [3].

About the URI:
The first URI above goes to the latest version of the specification. The "dated" version of this Working Draft is: <http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/WD-aria-in-html-20131003/> The difference between these URIs are explained in Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at: <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/linking>

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your comments.

Feel free to circulate this message to other lists; please avoid cross-postings where possible.

Regards,

~ Mark Sadecki, W3C Staff Contact for the HTML Accessibility Task Force
HTML Accessibility Task Force Co-Facilitators: Steve Faulkner, Charles McCathie-Neville, Janina Sajka
WAI Outreach Coordinator: Shawn Henry
WAI Domain Leader: Judy Brewer

[1] Differences between working drafts <http://www.w3.org/2013/10/03-aria-in-html-changes.html>
[2] W3C WAI PFWG <http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/>
[3] W3C HTML WG <http://www.w3.org/html/wg/>
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