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Re: IE9 will not support aria-labelledby or aria-describedby

From: Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 07:53:19 -0500
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: Adrian Bateman <adrianba@microsoft.com>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@microsoft.com>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OF4A26DE92.6A37249D-ON8625775E.0046C8C4-8625775E.0046CCEB@us.ibm.com>

Thank you Adrian.

Rich Schwerdtfeger
CTO Accessibility Software Group



From:	Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
To:	Adrian Bateman <adrianba@microsoft.com>
Cc:	www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, Richard
            Schwerdtfeger/Austin/IBM@IBMUS, Cynthia Shelly
            <cyns@microsoft.com>
Date:	07/12/2010 03:07 AM
Subject:	Re: IE9 will not support aria-labelledby or aria-describedby



Hi Adrian,

thanks, appreciate the IE team re-opening this issue as support for these
attributes via MSAA is important for current uses and backwards
compatibility. If fully supported via MSAA it will mean IE will match the
current support in Friefox and and Chrome.

regards
Steve
On 12 July 2010 03:15, Adrian Bateman <adrianba@microsoft.com> wrote:
  Hi Steve,

  Thanks for bringing this issue to my attention. Apologies for the delay
  in replying: I was away on vacation for most of the last week and a half.
  While I was away, I forwarded your mail to others on the team and as you
  have seen they have reopened the bug for another look.

  Both IE8 and IE9 support the aria-labelledby and aria-describedby
  attribute with UIA but that there are some aspects that could be improved
  with MSAA. The Inspect32 tool in the latest Windows SDK [1] shows this.
  The team will review the work involved in these potential changes and
  update the Connect bug appropriately.

  Please don't hesitate to contact me again if you have concerns that you
  wish to raise in future.

  Regards,

  Adrian

  [1]
  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=35aeda01-421d-4ba5-b44b-543dc8c33a20&displaylang=en

  On Thursday, July 01, 2010 2:35 AM, Steven Faulkner wrote:
  > apologies - reposting with appropriate subject line
  > On 1 July 2010 10:31, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:
  > hi Adrian,
  > I am writing to you as I am concerned by a decision made by the IE team
  > not to support the aria-labelledby and aria-descibedby attributes in
  IE9
  > These attributes are particularly important to accessibility in web
  based
  > applications for associating text labels and descriptions to controls.
  >
  > I posted a bug
  > https://connect.microsoft.com/IE/feedback/details/555280/ie-platform-
  >
  preview-does-not-support-multiple-values-in-aria-labelledby-and-does-not-
  > support-aria-describedby it has been marked as won't fix.
  >
  > I also provided deatiled test cases and results:
  > http://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/aria-tests/aria-labelledby-input.html
  >
  >
  > I am unsure of how to pursue this further and although you may not be
  the
  > right person to ask, you may know who is?
  >
  > regards
  > Steve Faulkner
  >
  >
  >
  > --
  > with regards
  >
  > Steve Faulkner
  > Technical Director - TPG Europe
  > Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium
  >
  > www.paciellogroup.com | www.wat-c.org
  > Web Accessibility Toolbar - http://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/wat-
  > ie-about.html



--
with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

www.paciellogroup.com | www.wat-c.org
Web Accessibility Toolbar -
http://www.paciellogroup.com/resources/wat-ie-about.html




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