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RE: ARIA roles added to the a element should be conforming in HTML5.

From: <stephane.deschamps@orange-ftgroup.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 18:36:59 +0100
To: "'Leif Halvard Silli'" <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: "'Sam Ruby'" <rubys@intertwingly.net>, "'HTMLWG WG'" <public-html@w3.org>, "'W3C WAI-XTECH'" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
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-----Message d'origine-----
De Leif Halvard Silli
Envoyé : lundi 9 novembre 2009 18:01
Objet : Re: ARIA roles added to the a element should be conforming in HTML5.

>May be I did not get what you meant.
>But ARIA is an advanced accessibility feature. Not all user agents 
>supports it. If we permit @role to diverge in a confusing way from 
>the default role of the element, then we risk that old and new 
>user agents see the same element differently.

Maybe I was not clear enough in what I meant, let me try to rephrase:

Steve's point was: the spec would not permit us to add @role to an A element
because it's considered possibly conflicting, but we're already adding @role
for tab elements, and for menu item elements.

I would say we're missing the point by focusing on @role="button", as
Steve's original point is broader; which is why I was providing real-world
examples, as was asked by other group members.

I must say, out of sheer honesty, that I have no opinion yet on
@role="button" and see both sides of the argument, but for the rest of
Steve's point, I do agree with him, and wanted to assess that a@role="tab"
is a real-life example, as a@role="menuitem" is, and both would conflit, in
a very strict and theoretical view, with the A element being a link in the
first place.

Which was a way for me of saying "+1, I'm with Steven Faulkner on that one".
:)
 
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