[Bug 10066] New: replace section 3.2.6 with the alternative spec text provided


           Summary: replace section 3.2.6 with the alternative spec text
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: faulkner.steve@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org, cooper@w3.org,
                    cyns@microsoft.com, janina@rednote.net,

The A11y taskforce WAI-ARIA mapping sub team has reviewed the current
specification text (3.2.6 Annotations for assistive technology products (ARIA))
and found it to be wholey unsuitable as a starting point for review as its
intent is to promote punishing authors for authoring practices deemed non
conforming (http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/elements.html#semantics-0) in the
specification by targeting authors who apply the declarative accessibility API
semantics (WAI-ARIA) to produce accessible web content. As it is not possible
to otherwise determine, in all instances, that an author has used script and
CSS to re-purpose HTML elements in a way that is inconsistent with their
semantic intent this will have the adverse and damaging effect of reducing the
accessibility of web content, the use of WAI-ARIA, and the utility of
conformance checkers. It is a fact that authors have use script and CSS to
re-purpose web content to meet their needs and the tools that allow them to do
so, script and CSS, are still fully supported in HTML5. Therefore, it essential
that this section be rewritten to allow the use of WAI-ARIA wherever the author
needs unless doing so adversely impacts the conveyance of accessibility
information by the user agent to the assistive technology.

We have carried an almost complete rewrite of '3.2.6 Annotations for assistive
technology products (ARIA)' and request that current section '3.2.6,
Annotations for assistive technology products (ARIA)'
be replaced with a new section '3.2.6, Use of WAI-ARIA Roles, States and
Properties in HTML'
http://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/misc/HTML5/aria-html5-proposal.html, which
can then be used for the basis of further review and discussion by the W3C HTML
working group.

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Received on Friday, 2 July 2010 13:58:18 UTC