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Re: Please insert an explicit requirement for user agents to convert aria-activedescendant into MSAA for focus and location

From: david bolter <david.bolter@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 11:53:47 -0400
Message-ID: <CAEO7jQAyfq1P9PpKL42T9bjC+rhsqXiCFzEac-+ff5yTRoS5dA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jeanne Spellman <jeanne@w3.org>
Cc: User Agent Working Group <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
I think this is covered here:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/aria-implementation/#keyboard-focus_aria-activedescendant

Cheers,
David

On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM, Jeanne Spellman <jeanne@w3.org> wrote:

> A public comment.
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Please insert an explicit requirement for user agents to convert
>  aria-activedescendant into MSAA for focus and location
> Resent-Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:42:19 +0000
> Resent-From: public-uaag2-comments@w3.org
> Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:39:09 -0400
> From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>
> To: public-uaag2-comments@w3.org
>
> Many authors are creating structures like toolbars where the whole toolbar
> has a tabIndex=0 and the ARIA spec recommends aria-activedescendant and
> keyboard handling to move among toolbar items.  This is cited as an
> acceptable way rather than applying to tabIndex=0 to the currently focused
> item.  The way I read the current requirements is that the user agent would
> only need to provide focus indication and coordinates for the entire
> toolbar
> and not the actual active-descendant because it doesn’t have a level of
> keyboard access that the user agent can detect except for the presence of
> the aria-activedescendant attribute.
>
> Several user agents do appear to support this correctly such as IE and
> Firefox, however, it would appear safest if this need would explicitly be
> called out.  This affects users with low vision who use screen
> magnification
> software.  This software would rely on location information for proper
> tracking.
>
> An example of the technique with radio button is provided below:
>
> http://oaa-accessibility.org/**example/29/<http://oaa-accessibility.org/example/29/>
>
>
>
> Best Regards,
>
>
>
> Jonathan
>
>
>
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