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Re: aria-describedat

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:18:35 +1100
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2kwvWOrK2biS=_xdMCLh4tcssWxEDMjeBXq6-W04p-zrQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Cc: Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, w3c-wai-pf@w3.org, public-html-a11y@w3.org, laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com, George Kerscher <kerscher@montana.com>, david.bolter@gmail.com, jbrewer@w3.org, faulkner.steve@gmail.com, mike@w3.org
On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 9:20 AM, Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
<bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Richard Schwerdtfeger
> <schwer@us.ibm.com> wrote:
>> This is an unofficial draft of aria-describedat that Steve and I are working
>> on for ARIA 1.1. Mike, thanks for putting setting us up with a work page.
>> http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/aria-unofficial/raw-file/tip/describedat.html
> Thanks for sharing.
> Some feedback.
> - One of the problems with longdesc has been that its data type is not
> obvious. The name should reflect the fact that it is a URL. e.g.
> "aria-descriptionurl" or "aria-describeaturl" would be better.
> "aria-descriptionurl" has the advantage of being a little harder to
> confuse with "aria-describedby". It surprises me that after all the
> problems with the naming of "longdesc" people are proposing adding a
> similarly ambiguous name.

Interesting point. How would descriptionhref or descriptionref work?

> - What's the rationale for adding yet more attributes with the "aria-" prefix?

It's part of the aria set of technologies and developed as part of
these technologies in WAI, so logically added with the same custom
prefix as the other aria technologies. I think that's fair enough.

We could, instead, propose it as a HTML attribute, drop the "aria-"
part and make sure it gets into HTML5 and developed by the HTML WG. Is
that what you're suggesting?

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