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Re: 'role' should be property

From: Matthew Raymond <mattraymond@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 26 May 2007 11:30:33 -0400
Message-ID: <46585299.4030901@earthlink.net>
To: mark.birbeck@x-port.net
CC: public-html@w3.org

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> Hi Matthew,
>>    Why can't be just standardize a way of using ARIA with HTML[1]?
> The proposal you link to is very odd. :) The authors use @role in
> other situations, such as XHTML, but for some reason not in HTML.

   That's because the |role| attribute, as currently defined, requires
namespaces for all role names that aren't predefined. That can only be
done in XHTML.

> I'm pretty certain that it is unnecessary and @role can easily be used
> in HTML and XHTML.

   Only for the small set of role names that are predefined, which means
you can kiss ARIA goodbye, and ARIA is the biggest selling point of
|role| in the first place. My point, though, was that you don't
necessarily need to tie ARIA to |role| or XHTML to begin with. And since
we have to support the use of |class| for existing microformats, it's
largely redundant.
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