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aria-ISSUE-1022: Password fields should have a state indicating whether password is obscured or visible [ARIA 2.0]

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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:25:26 +0000
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aria-ISSUE-1022: Password fields should have a state indicating whether password is obscured or visible [ARIA 2.0]

http://www.w3.org/WAI/ARIA/track/issues/1022

Raised by: Amelia Bellamy-Royds
On product: ARIA 2.0

The ARIA 1.1 password role proposal requires that the value exposed to ATs be the actual rendered text, which may or may not consist of dummy characters to hide the true password value.

This address some, but not all, confusion to users over whether or not a password field is obscuring the password.  In particular, users may not know until after they type whether or not the characters will be masked.

I proposed using a new aria state to indicate this.  For native input elements, this would be a "strong native semantics" state determined entirely by the user agent.  For custom widgets, the author could indicate with the aria attribute.

https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-aria/2016Mar/0239.html
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