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Re: Updated ARIA docs for Firefox

From: <boland@nist.gov>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 09:53:00 -0500
Message-ID: <1171119180.45cddc4c31360@webmail.nist.gov>
To: Aaron Leventhal <aaronlev@moonset.net>
Cc: wai-xtech@w3.org

Hi, I was wondering how specific ("formal"?) the consistency check should be, 
in terms of the similarity of the prose used in the "Description" column of the 
table following Section 3.2 ("Supported States and Properties")of [1], with the 
prose used in the "meaning" column of the "basic support for assistive 
technologies" section of the document referenced following. 

For example, in the referenced document, for "tabindex=0", the "meaning" is 
stated as "put the span-based checkbox in the tab navigation cycle, and follow 
click-to-focus with the mouse".  In contrast, in the "Description" column of 
[1], it is stated that "elements of types div, span, a.. etc., with a zero 
value of tabindex are navigated next.. these elements are navigated in the 
order they appear in the character stream".

The language (prose) used is different in the two references, even 
though "tabindex=0" is being discussed in both cases.  I think that language 
(prose) may be somewhat subjective (open to different interpretations), and 
that "meaning" may not be exactly the same as "description".  If the 
description in Section 3.2 of the ARIA States and Properties Document 
is "normative" (as I'm getting by implication from the Section 3 heading being 
listed as "normative"), is it possible to start from this language in the 
description and derive the "meaning" for implementation from that description 
directly using as much of the same language as possible and document the 
derivation?   Otherwise I'm concerned that the "meaning" may be a 
reinterpretation of the "requirements" contained in the "description", and may 
possibly affect inadvertantly those requirements.

My apologies if I'm missing something..

Thanks again for all this great work!

Best wishes
Tim Boland NIST

 Quoting Aaron Leventhal <aaronlev@moonset.net>:

> Feedback welcome. Would love if someone did some consistency checks with 
> the ARIA role and state docs.
> - Aaron
Received on Saturday, 10 February 2007 14:53:20 UTC

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