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Re: suggest deprecating alertdialog role in ARIA 1.1

From: James Craig <jcraig@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:56:33 -0700
Cc: Greg Kraus <greg_kraus@ncsu.edu>, "Schnabel, Stefan" <stefan.schnabel@sap.com>, Alexander Surkov <surkov.alexander@gmail.com>, Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, Marco Zehe <marco.zehe@googlemail.com>, James Teh <jamie@nvaccess.org>
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To: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
On Sep 12, 2012, at 1:40 PM, Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie> wrote:

> Hi James,
> I just tested the dialog.htm test case that you sent. I can't get it to work. Am using VoiceOver 3/Safari 5.1.3.

Does that mean you're on Snow Leopard 10.6? Software products are always improving, and that OS is now three years old.

I believe that version should allow you to find the dialog role and label if you "stop interacting with" the dialog, but it wouldn't auto-announce the dialog based on focus changes. That update has been added more recently; I don't recall when but certainly sometime in the last three years.

> When I activate the 'Show the dialog' button the dialog window appears but no output from VO apart from the 'Dismiss' button. There is no notification that a dialog has appeared at all. When I use the VO+ cursor keys to explore the box I can get the text, and then VO will tell me that I am in a dialog box. I'm curious, is this the expected behaviour? Should the SR not announce to the user that a dialog box has appeared and they are within the content first?
> Or is it a matter of where you place focus when the dialog window first appears?

It's always a good idea to use the latest and greatest when you report new bugs, especially those related to newly emerging web technologies. In the case of WebKit+VoiceOver, that means the latest released OS (which includes the latest version of both VoiceOver and Safari) and potentially testing the WebKit nightly builds if you feel up to it.

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