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Re: role="" attribute

From: Christophe Strobbe <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 11:10:09 +0100
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At 07:47 25/03/2009, Ian Hickson wrote:
>ARIA has a lot of attributes, all but one of which are prefixed with the
>string "aria-". Is there any chance we could also prefix role="" with
>"aria-", as in aria-role=""? I understand that in some host languages, the
>attribute has other purposes as well, but it would be useful if, in the
>host languages where that isn't the case, the attribute was prefixed. It
>would keep all the attributes together in indexes and tables in
>implementations, it would make it easier for authors to see their
>accessibility API work, and it would highlight the link between the
>various attributes. It would also allow ARIA to be used in vocabularies
>that already have a role="" attribute (aria-* attributes are far less
>likely to already exist than role="").

I thought this was because the role attribute wasn't meant to  be
constrained to WAI-ARIA. The attribute is defined at
http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml-role/ (working draft).
Is this a proposal to separate WAI-ARIA's use of the role attribute
from other uses?

Best regards,

Christophe Strobbe

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